After winning the New Hampshire 301, racer Matt Kenseth's auto failed post-race inspection Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth was always near the front of the pack. "We started driving through the field together". We made some great changes for run two and really I felt like we had probably the best auto all day. Tony Stewart, 3. Joey Logano, 4.
Kenseth ruled the day and celebrated in Victory Lane with the enormous lobster presented to New Hampshire winners.
As Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway proved, they have a long way to go.
The 2015 Sprint Cup champion also won the last race at Kentucky Speedway and his six wins have come in just 10 races. "I don't think anybody really is leaps and bounds out there running away from it. The rules are too tight and everybody is pretty close to the same speed".
"I'll take a third place after all that", Logano said.
"Yeah, we had a much better Haas Automation Chevy today than what we had yesterday", said Stewart, who is now 67 points ahead of 31st-place Brian Scott. "This had never been one of my good tracks. It starts with the boss here next to me", Kenseth said. "Just a good day all-in-all and certainly something this Lowe's team needed after the tough couple of months". "It was kind of everybody was kind of on edge because everybody wants this last year to be good and we want to run good in this last year, so for Mike and I to get caught up with each other, we've really had to work hard at it, and I think he's done a great job, but I think Sonoma really helped kind of relax everybody and gets us in the mode of racing again and not really worrying about what we were looking like out there and why aren't were performing". "It's been a track that's not only good for the team, but obviously good for Matt". But on the restart, Kenseth was hot on Truex's tail. He was up to fifth by lap 75. Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. had combined to lead all but two laps of the race to that point.
But Kenseth got past Hamlin with 29 laps to go and kept the lead throughout three more restarts.
Truex, who passed Kyle Busch on pit road to take the lead with 73 laps to go, lost his chance at a win because of transmission issues. There were two cautions through the first 219 laps, and with opportunities to condense the field scarce, there was no stopping the Toyota machines from making a mockery of the competition. Edwards was 20th. All four Gibbs teams are already unofficially qualified for the Chase for the Championship playoff.
For team owner Gibbs, he expects the success to continue this season because of how well his organization has gelled. "They're going to be out there leading races and you're going to have to be just right to beat them". "There were times that I thought I pulled some veteran moves... and watched them race each other, and then when you see them start missing the bottom or getting loose on the exit, then I went up there and tried to push them and make them make mistakes, and it was working".
NASCAR said the auto will be brought to the research and development center in Concord, North Carolina, for more evaluation.