DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2009) – Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 Ritz Nationwide team rebounded from a pit road mishap to fight their way back to a 10th-place finish in Saturday’s Camping World 300 Nationwide race at Daytona International Speedway.
“We had a good car and I’m sorry that I couldn’t get the team a better finish,” said Kenseth. “The deal on pit road put us back in the field and kind of took away our track position. We were able to get back towards the front, but we just were not able to team up with anyone to go any further.”
Kenseth started the race second based on Friday night’s strong qualifying session. He took the lead on the second lap and held on to the top spot before the car’s handling loosened up on lap 18.
He was running in fourth when he came into the pits on lap 28 after the race’s first caution. Leaving the pits the No. 5 car of Dale Earnhardt Jr. slammed into him on pit road, forcing the team to return to the pits for repairs. When the dust settled, Kenseth was back in 28th position when the race returned to green on lap 33.
He wasted little time drafting back through the field, moving back inside the top 20 on lap 39 and inside the top 10 on lap 60. Kenseth advance to as high as fifth place, but he was never able to get back to the front.
After dropping back to 13th when the race’s sixth caution was called on lap 109, the team opted for a four tires stop and returned in 17th positions with only 18 laps remaining. Kenseth was able to power his machine back inside the top 10 in three laps and held on for the top 10 finish.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.