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Kenseth 15th & 23rd in Dover Double Header

August 22 & 23, 2020

Dover International Speedway (Dover, Del.)

Race 1, August 22 - 311 miles

Start: 26th | Finish: 23rd

Points: 14 | Standings: 28th

Race 1 Details of the Day

  • Kenseth through pit strategy, finished Stage 1 in the 13th position, but during the pit stop at the end of the stage was issued a pit road speeding penalty, and had to start at the tail of field as a result of the penalty

  • Stage 2 went caution free, and the No. 42 team lost a lap as a result

  • The caution was shown four times for a total of 21 laps

  • The lead changed 15 times among 10 drivers

Phil Surgen, Crew Chief, No. 42 Clover Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE “We took a good gamble early in the race to stay out on the first two cautions, which put us just outside the top-10 at the end of the first stage. Unfortunately though, a speeding penalty on the first stop shuffled us back in the field, and it was tough to make up too much ground from there. We struggled a bit with the balance today being free on entry and a little tight in the middle, but had decent speed. Not the day we wanted, but we’ll be able to use what we learned today and come back tomorrow with a better idea of what we need to run better.”  


Race 2, August 23 - 311 miles

Start: 23rd | Finish: 15th

Points: 22 | Standings: 30th

Race 2 Details of the Day

  • Today was the second race of the doubleheader weekend at Dover

  • Kenseth raced inside the top 20 for much of the afternoon.

  • After going down a lap down late in the race, Kenseth got back on the lead lap as the lucky dog when the caution came out on Lap 288

  • Next week’s race at Daytona will be the final race of the regular season

  • The caution was shown seven times for a total of 40 laps

  • The lead changed 15 times among six drivers

Matt Kenseth, No. 42 Clover Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

“We had a mistake free day and the pit crew had a solid day, but unfortunately just didn’t have what we needed today to have been more competitive today. We fought the balance again today, with the car handling too tight in the center and too free in for most of the day. We were able to make more adjustments today with a few more cautions, but most of the changes only seemed to help at the start of the run and we struggled the longer it stayed green. Fortunately, the late caution gave us an opportunity to take tires and we were able to make the most of a short run to finish the race. We’re still working as hard as we can to get better results, and we’ll keep doing that as we prepare for Daytona next week."


The NASCAR Cup Series will go to Daytona International Speedway next week for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday night August 29. NBC, Motor Racing Network and Sirius/XM NASCAR Channel 90 will have coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.


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