Matt Kenseth’s return to NASCAR competition ended prematurely Saturday night at Kansas Speedway with a torn-up race car.
Involved in a multi-car accident off Turn 4 on Lap 254, Kenseth finished 36th.
“I don’t have any idea what happened with the wreck; I just saw everybody wrecking and the track was kind of blocked, so I tried to get down towards the grass,” Kenseth said. “This grass is not the new friendly grass with the rain and all it just kind dug in and then I hit the car in front of me.”
BIG CRASH! Good to see William Byron climb out of the No. 24 machine after an incredibly hard hit in Kansas. pic.twitter.com/WljxV6qs7E— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) May 13, 2018
Prior to the accident Kenseth struggled with his first experience in the No. 6 Ford.
Repeatedly telling the team the car was undrivable and had no grip, Kenseth ran outside the top 25 much of the night. Falling off the lead lap before the competition caution was displayed on Lap 30, Kenseth got the free pass under the subsequent caution but lost a lap again later on.
“I expected us to be a little more competitive than that, so it was a really tough weekend all around,” Kenseth said. “We obviously have some work to do. The good news is it’s got to get better.”
Kenseth will continue in the car for the next four consecutive weeks.