Big Rebound For Kenseth

After stumbling out of the gate in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Matt Kenseth bounced back with a second place finish in Dover last Sunday and looks to keep his momentum going heading to Kansas Speedway this weekend.

Kenseth's Chase began with a 40th place finish at New Hampshire when he was caught in a five-car accident. That finish dropped him further back in the series standings and left the No. 17 team in a major hole.

But after last week's spirited battle with Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and eventual winner Greg Biffle at Dover, Kenseth and company seem re-energized about their chances to find victory lane over the course of the final eight races of the season.

"It was really fun racing," Kenseth said of the Dover finish. "That was probably the best racing I’ve seen in a long time. I imagine it looked like it from the seats. Three of us racing there. And, in a way, with Carl leading the points, there was two winners and I feel like the only loser in the crowd."

"Got beat, and you hate to get beat in those battles but they’re a lot of fun to be a part of. I think Greg had probably the best car there, and we were just all driving as hard as we could to try to hold ’em off as long as I could, and I just couldn’t do it.”

Kenseth could do it this Sunday in the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas, a track where he's been successful in the past.

Kenseth will make his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at the 1.5-mile track, where he scored the third pole of his Cup career in 2005.

In seven starts at Kansas, Kenseth has one pole, one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

"“We’ll be at Kansas this weekend with another shot at an intermediate track," Kenseth said. "So far this year, we’ve had the majority of our success on these-type tracks. Kansas is a lot like Chicago, and we were very competitive there earlier this year."

With Dover's run fresh in his memory, Kenseth brings confidence and optimism into Chase race number three.

“Last weekend was a welcome change for us," he said. "We qualified well, led a bunch of laps and ended up with a good finish. Obviously I would have rather won than finished second, but as a whole our team performed a lot better than it has been. Hopefully we’ll be able to build on that this weekend and leave Kansas with a win.”

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