Tiring Day For Kenseth

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Matt Kenseth was the biggest victim of the tire problems in Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard after he had a right-rear tire explode on lap 47.

The damage ripped apart the rear of the No. 17 Dewalt Ford, which forced Kenseth to the garage for repairs after running the opening laps in the top 15.

"It’s a really, really, really disappointing situation," Kenseth said. "This one of the two biggest races of the year, and to never have this tire here before and not come and do an open test and to work on these things and work on the tires, it’s pretty darn disappointing."

As disappointed as Kenseth was with the circumstances that ended his chance to win a first Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the 2003 champ also felt for the fans.

"We had a great car today," he said. "I feel bad for the fans; we’re running three-quarters speed because we’re worried of the tires blowing out, and they got blown out every eight laps. So, pretty disappointed.”

Like others who suffered the same issues, Kenseth said there wasn't much warning that the tire was going to blow.

“You get about six corners’ worth of warning, about a lap and a half," Kenseth said. "It’ll just get loose if it’s the right rear. That’s when it started shaking about three seconds before it blew out."

Kenseth's 38th-place finish dropped him to 11th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings.

Although Kenseth's teammates all finished in the top 10, including Carl Edwards in second, Ford was the only manufacturer that was not at the Indy Goodyear test this past April.

“We only missed by an inch," said car owner Jack Roush. "This is a game of inches, but Goodyear didn’t give us a chance to test here. They brought other manufacturers here and they didn’t give us a chance to test. We didn’t have a drive file that was current. We didn’t know what to expect from the track, so we were one change behind all the time during practice.

"Whether that would have made a difference in the result or not I’m not sure, but we would have had better data to work from if we would have had the same drive file off the same current track information that everybody else had."

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