Monday, May 3, 2010

The Lugnut Report: Matt Kenseth Continues Quiet Season in Richmond

After a disappointing 2009 that saw him miss the Chase, Matt Kenseth has been looking for consistently in this 2010 season. That began with making Todd Parrott his crew chief earlier this season.

"I think it was really good for our team to make a change and they all look up to Todd. He's always really upbeat,"

Richmond International Raceway would be full of action for Kenseth, who would be competing in both the Bubba Burger 200 Nationwide race and the Heath Calhoun 400 Presented by Crown Royal Sprint Cup event.

After Colin Braun's miserable start to the 2010 season, where he failed to finish five of his eight starts, owner Jack Roush made the decision to take the 21 year old out of the No. 16 Con-way Freight Ford and insert former Cup champion Kenseth in for two races.

Having to qualify on time, Kenseth and the No. 16 started the Nationwide Series race eighth. A quiet night running up front ended with Kenseth finishing 10th, the first top ten for the No. 16.

Kenseth practiced and qualified in the 20s, and and had to battle his way up to the front Saturday night in Richmond. He ended the night 13th.

After his seventh top 15 of the year, Kenseth was the only person within the top 12 in points to maintain the same points position he had before the race started.

Thanks to, NASCAR on FOX, NASCAR on ESPN, Racing Reference, Rotoworld, FOX News, Pierre County Herald for the information, quotes and stats used in this piece.

For Patti Rodisch's Lugnut Report on Clint Bowyer, click here.


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