Tough Going For Kenseth

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After a bad night in the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Matt Kenseth now faces the challenge of one of the toughest tracks on the schedule for him during his career Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Kenseth was caught up in an accident Saturday night in Charlotte wound-up with a 41st place finish for his effort, the second straight week his race ended in a wreck.

"The race last week at Charlotte was one of many horrible weekends we've had this year," Kenseth said. "It has been tough for us over the past several weeks; it's been borderline miserable for sure. There have been a couple of bright spots, but even when things go right they go wrong. But, I race as hard as I can race every single race.

"We do everything we know how to do to try to win races and bring our best stuff and race as hard as we can, and you can't do any more than that. The second you try to do more than that is when you end up wrecked, or have problems, or make mistakes, so we're doing everything we can do. If it all lines up and something happens and we can win a race or two here before the end of the season that would be great. Hopefully we can have our stuff running good enough to be able to get one."

Now it's on to the tight half-mile Martinsville oval.

In his previous starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has achieved two top-five and five top-10 finishes.

"Martinsville is a track I usually dread racing at," Kenseth said. "To me, and I've said this many times, Martinsville reminds me of racing around two light poles in some mall parking lot. There's very little room to race, it's slow and just real tight quarters - there's nothing fun about that to me.

"But, it's a stop we make twice a year and I am going to focus on getting the best finish I can. We had a good showing there in the fall last year – one of the 17 team's best, so hopefully this fall race will be much of the same."

With five races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Kenseth is currently ranked 11th in the standings, 360 markers behind point leader Jimmie Johnson.

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