2016 was supposed to be the turnaround year for Matt Kenseth. After the long, lengthy feud with Joey Logano that got him suspended for two races last season, Kenseth was looking to start over and put the incident behind him. It was guaranteed that Joe Gibbs Racing would pick up where they left off when Kyle Busch prepared himself to defend his newly won Sprint Cup Championship. The 2016 season actually started off great for Kenseth, but once again he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Kenseth was in line to win his third Daytona 500 just a couple of weeks ago until he was unintentionally bumped by eventual champion Denny Hamlin. Even with the way the last lap situation unraveled quickly, Kenseth stayed positive about the situation and totally understood what was at stake. With JGR and Toyota’s dominance at Daytona, it was thought that Kenseth would rebound and hopefully score at least a top five finish inAtlanta . At least that’s what Kenseth thought too.
Kenseth had led 47 laps into the Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 until an unexpected violation occurred on pit road. The gas man placed a track bar on the car while fueling, which is against NASCAR rules. As long as the gas man is fueling, he is not allowed to perform any other task while doing so. While Kenseth was black flagged, he was not told by Jason Ratcliff because he was arguing with the NASCAR official. It went on so far, he was given the black flag with the white cross putting him two laps down, finishing 19th.
It’s pretty much been a good run of bad luck for Matt Kenseth since Kansas during the Chase last season. There’s no doubt that he is a true contender this season, just a series of unfortunate events. If the third time is gonna be a charm in Las Vegas, he better hope to become a high roller even when the chips are down
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