October 4, 2020
Talladega Superspeedway (Talladega, Ala.)
Start: 23rd | Finish: 34th Points: 3 | Standings: 27th
Details of the Day
Today’s race was the first-time in the modern-era of the NASCAR Cup Series, that teams have used rain tires in a points-paying race.
Steady rain over the weekend resulted in wet conditions on the track, forcing teams to begin the race on rain tires instead of slicks
On Lap 85, Kenseth was hooked from behind and sent into the Turn 4 tire barrier while running in the 16th position, resulting in the car getting stuck in the barrier and requiring a tow to dislodge it.
The caution flag was shown nine times for a total of 16 laps
The lead changed 17 times among 11 drivers
Phil Surgen, Crew Chief, No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE “We expected the conditions today would make for a tough race with the rain that’s been in the area, but fortunately the weather held off during the race and we only had to run about 10 laps with our rain tires on the car. The track was still fairly wet at the start of the race, so things were a bit more difficult for everyone to start the day. Our car handled decent throughout the race, but we were never able to work our way towards the front from where we started the race. Any chances we had to make up some spots late in the race went away on Lap 85 when an incident sent the car into a tire barrier, which put us down a lap and required repairs in the pits. Not the result we wanted, but proud of everyone for the hard work today.”
NASCAR heads to Kansas Speedway next week for the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 18. NBCSN, MRN affiliates and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 will have live coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.