Matt Kenseth won’t soon forget the last time he raced at Kansas. Already aware that his seat in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota would be filled by Erik Jones in 2018, he was trying to stave off playoff elimination when he was involved in an accident. A mistake on pit road – too many men over the wall – ended his day, his championship hopes, and save for an emotional victory at Phoenix, his tenure at JGR.
“Last time here, they told me I couldn’t race anymore and we had to load up last fall, I think,” Kenseth, who was disqualified from the fall race, said Friday. “So the last time I was here was not a very good emotion. That was our last race of the playoffs, last year. But it is a fun track.”
As he turns his first laps for Roush Fenway Racing in the No. 6 Ford, the two-time Kansas winner declared he was ready to get behind the wheel.
“I’m pretty anxious about getting in the car, kinda seeing where we’re at, what the comfort level is, where we’re at at speed, what we’ve got to work on for tomorrow. Just ready to get going.”
Here’s what Kenseth said Friday before getting in the No. 6.
(Audio courtesy NASCAR)