Phoenix: Matt Kenseth race report

Kenseth takes win number five in Phoenix. AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 10, 2002) -- It was one of the biggest weekends ever in the history of DEWALT Power Tools as a Winston Cup Series sponsor. Not only did their driver Matt Kenseth make it to ...

Kenseth takes win number five in Phoenix.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 10, 2002) -- It was one of the biggest weekends ever in the history of DEWALT Power Tools as a Winston Cup Series sponsor. Not only did their driver Matt Kenseth make it to victory Lane for the fifth time this season, but they crowned the "King of the Drill" when Jon Smith from Delaware, Ohio beat the DEWALT Million Dollar Challenge to drill five screws in 6.74 seconds to win the cash.

Throughout the weekend, DEWALT's Million Dollar Challenge Finalists participated in festivities at the trackside Rolling Thunder display. Driver Matt Kenseth and car owner Jack Roush also met with the finalists on Saturday afternoon and wished them luck.

The finals took place on the frontstretch of Phoenix International Raceway prior to the Checker Auto Parts 500 on Sunday afternoon. Jon Smith won the big money and was presented a check for one million dollars from DEWALT's World Wide President Paul McBride and Matt Kenseth.

Kenseth was pumped up by the time the green flag dropped for the race. He and crew chief Robbie Reiser made major changes to the same car they drove to victory in Richmond earlier in the fall. Kenseth started 28th but moved up quickly.

Caution came out on lap 27, and the team pitted for two tires on lap 28. They went from 21st to 10th on the track and Kenseth again began to move through the field.

He was the leader when he came into the pits under the green flag and ran out of gas on pit road. Kenseth coasted down the pit lane, and the team scurried to spray ether in the car to restart it. He went back out onto the track in 24th place.

The DEWALT team caught a break when a caution flag flew on lap 133. Matt had raced his way to the 16th position and the team opted to pit for two tires advancing them to 11th.

The entire day the car handled to Kenseth's liking. Only minor adjustments were made as he picked off positions one by one. The turning point of the race came on lap 259 when the team pitted for the final time for two tires. Kenseth had the lead with 46 laps to go in the 312 lap event, and never looked back.

Kenseth gave DEWALT their fifth win of the season - more than any other driver on the Winston Cup circuit for 2002. Kenseth remains 8th in the point standings going into the final race of the season in Homestead.

-rr/dewalt-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jack Roush