Kenseth Has Incident During Busy Texas Test
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on October 22, 2013 | 10:04 P.M. EST
Matt Kenseth had a tire issue that damaged his car during a test Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth says he’s trying to look past his disappointing 20th-place finish that cost him the points lead last weekend at Talladega, but it wasn’t easy when he had an incident Tuesday during testing at Texas Motor Speedway.
“When you run nine laps and one (right front tire) blows apart for no reason, that’s always a cause for concern, for sure,’’ he said.
Kenseth said that car damaged was not the car he intends to run next week at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates were joined at the test by Hendrick Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing.
Kevin Harvick said that the tire wore out during Tuesday’s session.
“I think the tire wear will probably get better,’’ he said. “We’ve had about 35 or 40 laps on a set of tires and they’re completely wore out.’’
Carl Edwards said he didn’t have any issues with tire wear while testing.
Harvick knows that an incident like what Kenseth experienced Tuesday adds to the pressure of the Chase. It also comes with Kenseth trailing series leader Jimmie Johnson by four points heading into this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway.
“Every practice, every lap, everything is magnified,’’ Harvick said. “Everything is a little bit more on edge with the guys because everybody knows that everything matters. If you make a mistake, it’s magnified more.’’
Kenseth admits he’s not sure how valuable the test was for his team because so many teams were there. All the teams there but Richard Childress Racing were scheduled to test at Texas last week but rain forced them to come this week.
“It gave most of the cars that we’re racing an extra three days of testing,’’ Kenseth said. “If we didn’t have it, we would have the same practice time anyway. I have mixed feelings on testing, but everybody wants to run good when they come here.’’
Johnson admits that having so many title contneders at the test makes "it a draw'' on knowledge gained.
Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed their two days of testing Tuesday. Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne will complete their two-day session Wednedsay. Kenseth also completed his test Tuesday.