Kenseth scores career-best road course finish

By James Jackson
August 7, 2017

Matt Kenseth picked up his highest career finish on a road course in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

Kenseth, who finished runner-up to Martin Truex Jr. in the I Love New York 355 at The Glen, earned his fourth consecutive top-10 finish at the track.

“All these years trying to do this it’s disappointing to come home second when I had a shot at [Truex Jr.] there,” Kenseth said. “But, in all reality, he just slowed down as much as I did and watched his back.

“He had a lot faster car today, but the guys had a great strategy and I was able to save a lot early in that run and just tried to manage my back and the gap behind me and had enough fuel there for the end.”

Before Sunday, Kenseth’s best finish in the MENCS on road courses was fourth at Watkins Glen in 2015.

In the Cup Series, Kenseth has raced in 36 races on a road course and has earned two top-five finishes; one of which came Sunday.

Kenseth has led a total of three laps in 36 races on road courses.

With four races before the playoffs start, Kenseth holds the final playoff-eligible position with 637 total points. Sitting ninth in driver’s standings, he holds a 28 point lead over Clint Bowyer, the first driver outside the playoff cutline.

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