Kenseth goes to back-up after crash By Dave Rodman DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2000) NASCAR Winston Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year point leader Matt Kenseth will use a back-up car in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 after losing his...
Kenseth goes to back-up after crash
By Dave Rodman
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2000) NASCAR Winston Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year point leader Matt Kenseth will use a back-up car in Saturday night's Pepsi 400 after losing his primary car in a four-car accident in practice Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.
Kenseth's No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford was too badly damaged to continue while teammate Kevin Lepage's No. 16 FamilyClick.com Ford needed extensive sheet metal repairs along the right side after being struck by Kenseth's spinning car.
The two-hour afternoon practice also suffered a short delay due to a brief rain shower.
Kenseth and Lepage agreed that Tony Stewart's out-of-control No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac precipitated the accident when he appeared to make contact with another car while running in a pack of traffic. Kenseth slowed to avoid Stewart and was hit from behind by the closely following Kodak Chevrolet of Bobby Hamilton.
"It all started in front of me," Kenseth said. "I think somebody hit the 20 car in the side and he was all the way sideways, so I slowed down for him so I wouldn't run him over. He was trying to gather his car back up, so I put my hand up but the 4 car was real close behind me and he hit me in the back and spun me out."
Lepage saw the same scenario unfold but running more than 185 mph he was helpless to avoid it.
"I saw the 17 swerving left and right, and I really thought he saved it," Lepage said. "I was as low to the race track as I could go, except for going on the apron, which I didn't want to do, and the next thing you know the 17 just got me in the door."
Robbie Reiser and his DeWalt crew unloaded their back-up car, which they used to finish 10th in the season opening Daytona 500. He will have to forfeit his 22nd starting position and drop to the rear of the field on the pace laps Saturday night.
"I hate it for the guys because this was a brand new FamilyClick.com Ford Taurus and we christened it in practice," said Lepage, who will start no better than 29th after qualifying there Thursday night. "Maybe we got it out of the way and we won't have to worry about it (accident) come tomorrow night."
"We'll see what happens," Kenseth said. "We finished 10th with this car in the Daytona 500 so at least we've run it. It should be halfway decent. It's not as fast as the other one by itself, but hopefully it'll still run all right."
The Roush teammates were looking forward to Happy Hour practice from 8-9 p.m. ET to test their "new" rides. -nascar.com-