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Matt Kenseth was unimpresive Brickyard 400 this Sunday. The driver had monotonous rounds which forced him to realize he was unsettled.
Kenseth was overly frustrated during and after the race. He was in contention for one of the top spots for the whole race but eventually finished 5th even though he led the race during 10 laps.
This was the 7th top 10 finish for Kenseth in 12 races. During these races Kenseth has led thrice but never actually attained the glory of winning. In his post match press conference Kenseth said on the issue, “I’m really disappointed to be fifth. I thought me and the 24 (Jeff Gordon) were going to have a shot at racing for the win. It seemed like we had the best cars.”
Kenseth further complained that even Lady Luck was against her on the tarmac. This might be true as Kenseth lost a bunch of chances that could have helped him to victory. One such chance came at a restart on lap 127. Kenseth was just about to slip pass Paul Menard but Menard’s car gave his car a touch that caused disturbance. The touch cost him valuable distance and time forcing him to fall back to the 17th spot. With 10 laps left in the race Kenseth showed amazing skills ultimately finishing at the 5th place.
Kenseth stated, “He ran me right up in the marbles and slammed my door and I lost a couple of spots there. I got a run off of turn three and he blocked me, which I kind of expected, especially being for the lead.”
Kenseth further criticized Menard saying it was that accident that cost him the race, snuffing his chances to level up with Menard and Gordon. Kenseth continued, “The air of the car kind of got him sideways and I just had to stay in there and get to him fast. I knew he wasn't going to give me any extra room, which you shouldn't because he's the leader trying to stay out front.”
On the other hand, Menard was grateful towards Kenseth for handling the situation professionally during the race. Menard commented, “Matt and I are great friends. Luckily, he let me go. He could have laid in there a bit more.”