Kenseth, who had scored five wins at this point last season, had been in a Chase eligible position over the course of the regular season, holding the points lead at one point in the season.
Seeded the highest among winless Chase eligible drivers, Kenseth has scored 10 top-five finishes in 2014 and has led laps in 16 races this season.
“I’ve got a ton of confidence in the group, they’ve been really great on pit road,” Kenseth said post-race Saturday. “I think [crew chief] Jason [Radcliffe] has been doing great this year. Our preparation has been good, execution’s been great.”
Kenseth enters this year’s Chase as the defending winner of the first two Chase races. In fact, the 42-year-old driver has won at nine of the ten Chase racetracks throughout his career.
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Matt Kenseth turns laps at Daytona International Speedway in February.
And although Kenseth hasn’t won yet this season, he has confidence in he and his team’s ability.
“I feel good about the company, and the team, and everything we can do,” said Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion. “It’s no secret we’ve been kind of off on speed for any of us to get up there and win the races that we did as a company last year.”