Matt Kenseth discusses Kansas Speedway; His return

Matt Kenseth’s Racing Schedule

Matt Kenseth was forced into an early retirement at the end of the 2017 racing season. However, this weekend, he’s returned to the track with a part-time schedule.

It’s the first race of many for the 2018 racing season. Kenseth is back to help steer Roush-Fenway Racing in the correct direction.

“The last few weeks have been been fun. I’ve been anxious about getting back in the car,” Matt Kenseth said from the media center at Kansas Speedway ahead of yesterday’s practice.

“Actually, the last time I was here, they told me we couldn’t race anymore. We had to load up. The last time I was here was not a very good emotion.”

Matt Kenseth’s crew had too many men over the wall while under the crash clock. It resulted in automatic disqualification. That ended up canceling Kenseth’s playoff bid in 2017.

Yesterday, Kenseth again had to load up. The team failed to make it through inspection in time to qualify.

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“It is a fun track. It’s a fairly straight forward track. It’s a good track, especially from an intermediate side.”

Somebody on twitter asked why you’re back if Roush isn’t competitive?

“Is somebody on twitter reading minds again? I never said I didn’t think I could be competitive. If I did, I certainly wouldn’t be here.”

“I feel good about the direction that Roush-Fenway Racing has taken the last couple years. Certainly, all the Ford’s are very competitive this year.”

“I don’t have any expectations necessarily for this weekend. I think the goals and expectations will continue to adjust once I get through this week and see where we’re at.”

Matt Kenseth has 24 starts at Kansas Speedway. Of those, he has two wins and an average finish of 14th. Today, he’ll be starting at the back of the field.

However, Kenseth spent the entire practice session working on race runs. It’s a big, fast and wide race track, I don’t think starting from the back will be a huge issue.

Matt Kenseth will run 8 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races for the Roush-Fenway Racing in the #6 car. See Matt Kenseth’s schedule below.

Matt Kenseth’s 2018 Schedule

May 12th
Kansas Speedway

May 19th
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Coca-Cola 600

May 26th
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Coca-Cola 600

May 27th
Michigan International Speedway

September 9
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

October 7th
Dover International Speedway

November 11th
ISM Raceway

November 18th
Homestead-Miami Speedway


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