Winston: Matt Kenseth weekend summary

Kenseth third overall in The Winston Dash for Cash. CONCORD, NC (May 19, 2002) -- After starting The Winston from the pole position, Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 team finished third overall to win $122,500 in the all-star event. The running of...

Kenseth third overall in The Winston Dash for Cash.

CONCORD, NC (May 19, 2002) -- After starting The Winston from the pole position, Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 team finished third overall to win $122,500 in the all-star event.

The running of The Winston consisted of three segments. A 40-lap event in which each of the 27 teams had to make a green flag pit stop. After much discussion of strategy, Kenseth followed the leaders and pitted on lap 27 while running third. The DEWALT Crew changed four tires, and made an air pressure adjustment because the car was tight. The team pulled off a 13.9 second pit stop, but the No. 17 car suffered sheet metal damage from run in's with other cars when Kenseth was entering and exiting pit road. The damage threw the setup of the car off and, Kenseth fell back in the pack because he was so loose. The No. 17 team finished the first segment 13th and the top-20 cars advanced to the next segment.

During the 10 minute break, the team worked feverishly to fix the sheet metal damage, and made some adjustments on the car to improve handling.

The second segment was 30 laps. After starting 13th, Kenseth moved himself into position to advance to the final 20 laps and finished 5th.

To add excitement to the event, Winston inverts the field for the final segment. NASCAR.com allowed fans to vote on how many cars would be inverted, and the end result was to invert all 10 cars.

Kenseth then started the final segment in 6th. He worked his way into third to finish out the night, just behind winner Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

"The Winston is a fun event, and its all about teamwork," said crew chief Robbie Reiser. "We pulled together as a team to go out there and win this thing. It is not a win, but its something to be proud of."

"If it wasn't for my guys, we would not have sat on the pole," said Kenseth. "I owe them a lot of credit for this weekend and appreciate all the hard work they put into this deal. Overall it was a great run for the DEWALT guys. We were pretty fast in the first race, I thought we had a third-or fourth-place car, but got hit coming in the pits and got a lot of damage. We were pretty lucky to hang on to a top-15. I was happy with the car in the second run but it was just a little too tight.

"It was exciting, and a really fun race. We started on the pole and brought it home third, it was a really fun weekend."

Kenseth and the team will make a decision whether they are going to take the same car back next weekend for the Coca Cola Racing Family 600.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Ryan Newman