Kenseth 16th in Talladega 'Marathon'


October 4, 2020

Talladega Superspeedway (Talladega, Ala.)

500.05 miles


Start: 20th | Finish: 16th Points: 21 | Standings: 26th

  • Today’s race went a total of 200 laps, 12 lap over the scheduled distance, and was the longest race in the history of Talladega at four hours and five minutes

  • Kenseth ran in the lead pack for much of the afternoon and had avoided several wrecks, but unfortunately was collected in a wreck off of Turn 4 on the first attempt at overtime on Lap 193. Kenseth was forced to pit for repairs, and was only able to drive back to 16th by the time the checkers flew.

  • The race was red-flagged twice, for a total of roughly 20 minutes

  • The caution flag was shown 13 times for a total of 54 laps

  • The lead changed 58 times among 18 drivers

Phil Surgen, Crew Chief, No. 42 Credit One Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

““We had a better car than where we finished today, and Matt did a great job of racing towards the front for most of the day. Early in the race Matt noticed a vibration coming from the left rear, similar to an issue we had at Talladega last time we were here. We took some extra time on pit road early in the race to assess the issue, but fortunately didn’t find anything wrong that was causing the problem. From the end of the first stage until the wreck on Lap 193, Matt was able to keep the Credit One Bank Chevy inside and around the top-10 and positioned where we wanted to be coming to the end of the race. You always expect for things to get a little crazy at the end of a race at Talladega, and unfortunately we got caught up in a wreck on Lap 193 as we were coming to the white flag on the first attempt at overtime that slowed our momentum. Matt had done a nice job avoiding some other incidents, but there as nowhere to go to miss it, and even though the damage wasn’t too bad, we didn’t have the laps left in the race to get back towards the front.”

NASCAR will head to the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway next week for the Bank of America 400 on Sunday, Oct. 11. NBC, PRN affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 will have live coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

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