Watkins Glen: Matt Kenseth race report

Kenseth 33rd at Watkins Glen. WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 11, 2002) -- After stellar qualifying and practice performances, Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools appeared to be the team to beat in the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen.

Kenseth 33rd at Watkins Glen.

WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 11, 2002) -- After stellar qualifying and practice performances, Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools appeared to be the team to beat in the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen. Unfortunately, after starting 8th, Kenseth had problems early on in the race and never recovered to finish 33rd.

Kenseth and the team had a successful test two weeks ago at the Glen. It showed when they jumped to the top of the speed charts in Happy Hour on Saturday. Pegged as a team to beat throughout the weekend, Kenseth felt confident on the road course.

Shortly after the start of the race, Kenseth was battling Ryan Newman for sixth place when he went into the corner between turns nine and ten for the pass. The rear tires locked up on the No. 17 car, causing Kenseth to slide off the course into the sand trap. It took the wreckers almost two laps to retrieve the car, and allow for Kenseth to get underway.

The DEWALT Crew then changed tires, but Kenseth had sustained some damage to the car and lost some gears. He piloted the car around Watkins Glen for the remainder of the race, with only fourth gear to finish 33rd, one lap shy of the leader.

"I thought we had a much better car than some of those guys and I went to pass and my rear tires just locked up on me," said Kenseth. "I was stuck in the sand trap and lost a lap or two, and then tore up the gears. It just wasn't our day."

Kenseth and the team head to Michigan next weekend, the sight of their third win of this season. The 33rd place finish caused Kenseth to lose one position in the points as he fell to tenth.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Ryan Newman