Kenseth Back On Track

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For a second straight week the combination of new crew chief Todd Parrott and Matt Kenseth clicked as the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford came home with another top-10 finish in Sunday's Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Since Parrott came on board to replace Drew Blickensderfer as crew chief, Kenseth has put together back-to-back finishes of seventh at Auto Club Speedway and a fifth last Sunday in Vegas.

"That felt good," Kenseth said. "In the beginning we ran up there. Carl [Edwards] and Greg [Biffle] and myself were all up there and it felt like a few years ago, so it seemed like all the cars had a lot more speed this weekend."

After missing the Chase for the first time in his career a year ago, Kenseth believes his team is headed back in the right direction and his early success would seem to bear that out.

"It feels like we're on the right track, but me pitting off-sequence there probably got us an adjustment or two behind because we were more worried about getting back on the lead lap—at least I was—than saving enough gas to get our windows closer together," he said. "We probably didn't adjust on it quite the way we needed to and didn't have it exactly the way I wanted at the end, but overall it was a great day for us."

Having a veteran presence like Parrott now calling the shots has given the team the experience Kenseth thought was missing.

"It's interesting because Todd has been around for a long time and he's obviously won a lot of races and a championship [with Dale Jarrett at Robert Yates Racing]," Kenseth said. "I know the last couple of programs probably didn't go the way he hoped, and I'm pleasantly surprised by his excitement level and his enthusiasm, and how excited he is to come back and have another shot at being in a competitive program and winning races and trying to run for a championship."

Kenseth now sits fourth in the point standings on the strength of being only one of four drivers to notch top-10 finishes in all three races of the 2010 season.

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