Loudon, NH (September 21, 2012) – NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series traveled to New England for the second race of the Chase, Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at new Hampshire Motor Speedway. The one-mile flat track is a challenging place for many drivers including Roush Fenway Racing’s Matt Kenseth. Kenseth finished 13th earlier this season and looks to improve upon that finish for this weekend’s race after earning the 25th starting position for Sunday.
Kenseth and his team had one 90-minute practice session Friday afternoon to shake down their No. 17 Zest Ford. The team started out the session working on race trim set-ups before switching over to qualifying trim towards the end of the session. In race set-ups, Kenseth told his team that the No. 17 Ford needed more front grip in the middle and that the car was also loose off in the corners. In qualifying trim, Kenseth merely told his team that the Zest Ford was just too loose.
Qualifying for the series began at 3:40pm and Kenseth was the 27th car to take to the track for his qualifying effort. Kenseth posted a fast lap time of 28.681 seconds (132.799 mph) which found him starting Sunday’s race from the 25th position.
“That’s about how we usually do in qualifying,” commented Kenseth after his laps. “In practice we had a couple of race runs where it seemed like the car was a little bit better than what we’ve been, but we’re just slow. We didn’t work on qualifying a lot, but on our first qualifying run we were too loose and slow, and then on the second one we were pretty neutral and not very fast. Then we were a little too tight and we were about the same speed in the high twenties, so it’s just been a struggle.”
The Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be televised on Sunday, September 23rd at 1:00p.m. EST on ESPN, with radio coverage presented by the Performance Racing Network (PRN).