Matt Kenseth 27th in Homestead-Miami HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 11, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth and his DEWALT Power Tools team started the Pennzoil Freedom 400 in the 21st position, and finished 27th. Kenseth drove from 21st to 7th before the first...
Matt Kenseth 27th in Homestead-Miami
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 11, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth and his DEWALT Power Tools team started the Pennzoil Freedom 400 in the 21st position, and finished 27th.
Kenseth drove from 21st to 7th before the first round of green flag pit stops on lap 60. He was as fast as the leaders on the longer runs, and confidence was abundant in the 17 camp for the first part of the race.
Shortly after, around lap 75, Kenseth said something was wrong with the car. They brought the car to pit road and worked on it. Apparently a fixing on the alternator went broke causing the battery to go dead. The 17 team thrashed on pit road and changed the battery, the alternator, and later an oil line. Kenseth was two laps down, but soon gained one back.
For the remainder of the event, he raced side by side with the top-5 cars. If it wasn't for the incident early on, Kenseth would have been there at the end of the race.
In a post race interview, Kenseth stated, "We had a fitting break on the alternator and the battery went dead before I knew what was going on. We replaced that, but in the process of doing that it shorted out and burned a hole in an oil line. So for having to rebuild our car and getting one of our laps back thanks to Tony (Stewart), we got the best finish we could out of it. I feel good about it because we ran really well. I thought we ran within the top five cars most of the day."
"We started 21st and were up to seventh before we had that problem" Kenseth continued. "I felt like we had a car that could have finished up front. We couldn't run with the 20 and a couple of those other guys, but I felt we could have had a shot at it if we would have been up there at the end."
Kenseth and the team will travel to Atlanta next weekend. They remain 13th in the point standings.