Worn Tires Get The Job Done For Kenseth
SPARTA, Ky. — Worn tires were as good as new for Matt Kenseth during Sunday afternoon’s Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.
Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Jason Rattcliff opted to take no tires on their final pit stop with 23 laps remaining. The strategy pit Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota out front and the former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion kept it there to the checkered flag, beating Jamie McMurray by .699 seconds for his fourth victory of the season.
With most of his competitors on two fresh tires during the final stint, Kenseth just kept chugging along in the race that was scheduled for Saturday night but postponed by rain.
“I didn’t roll the dice, Jason did,” Kenseth said in victory lane. “I thought he was slightly crazy when he did. This has been an unbelievable season and unbelievable year of my life. Jason did a great job. I didn’t think there was any way we would hold on for that win. He made the right call.”
It was a year ago this weekend that Kenseth announced he was leaving Roush Fenway Racing and joining JGR for the 2013 season.
“I dreamed about winning (four races), but I didn’t think it was realistic,” Kenseth said. “It is great to have the four wins and hopefully we can keep it rolling.”