Kenseth sails in second round at Dover By Dave Rodman DOVER, Del. (June 3, 2000) Matt Kenseth jumped 10 spots ahead after second round qualifying was completed at Dover Downs. Matt Kenseth was one of five drivers who took advantage of ...
Kenseth sails in second round at Dover
By Dave Rodman
DOVER, Del. (June 3, 2000) Matt Kenseth jumped 10 spots ahead after second round qualifying was completed at Dover Downs. Matt Kenseth was one of five drivers who took advantage of dramatically cooler conditions Saturday to vault into the field for Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Kyle Petty, on the other hand, who was attempting to make his return to the NWC after taking the last two weekends off while mourning his son Adam Petty, failed to qualify when he couldn't get a handle on the changing conditions.
Kenseth, who was only 36th fastest Friday in Bud Pole Award Qualifying when temperatures were in the 90-degree range, ran a time in Saturday morning's practice that was only fifth best but would've put him in 18th if he had run it on Friday.
He backed it up in Bud Second-Round Qualifying at 11:30 a.m. when he turned a lap of the concrete one-mile oval in 23.052 seconds, an average speed of 156.169 mph. He will line his No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford up in the 26th spot.
Dave Blaney, who crashed his Amoco Pontiac in Bud Pole Qualifying; Rick Mast, who took a chance by giving up the 32nd spot to re-qualify in the Conseco Pontiac; Scott Pruett in the Tide Ford; and Dale Earnhardt's GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet rounded out the top-30 qualifiers.
Ken Schrader, Elliott Sadler, John Andretti, Johnny Benson, Darrell Waltrip and Jerry Nadeau stood on their times from Friday and will start 31st through 36th. The session was atypical in that second-round qualifying is typically held in hotter conditions resulting in slower speeds across the board.
On Saturday ambient temperatures were anywhere from 10-15 degrees cooler.
"The difference between yesterday and today is that the track's a little cooler and yesterday we just made some mistakes," Kenseth said. "This gives us a lot better pit road position, too, so it was worth it."
Petty, whose Hot Wheels Pontiac team has no provisional starting positions available to it until later this season, was one of only two cars that did not qualify. Carl Long crashed on his qualifying lap on Friday and his Mansion Motorsports team withdrew its Ford.
Somewhere in the 45 minutes between Saturday morning practice and qualifying, Petty lost the speed that would have insured a starting spot on Sunday. He turned the fourth fastest lap on Saturday morning, 156.128 mph, which would have been good for the 27th starting position if he could've repeated it.
Petty fell to 154.593 mph on his qualifying lap, however. He was scheduled to compete in the MBNA Platinum 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday afternoon in his late son's former ride, the No. 45 Sprint Chevrolet that he qualified 20th on Friday.
Long and his team had achieved heroic stature last weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway when he qualified for the Coca-Cola 600, then gave up his ride to the retiring Darrell Waltrip to allow the unqualified former three-time champion to start his last Coke 600.
The MBNA Platinum 400 is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Kenseth, who has scored a pair of top-6 finishes in his only NWC starts at the "Monster Mile," is anxious for his third.
"The car's running good and this is my favorite track," said Kenseth, who has also won in the NASCAR Busch Series at Dover. "It would be nice to back up last Sunday's win with another win here."
Kenseth became the second Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate to win this season when he won the Coca-Cola 600.