CONCORD, N.C. — Matt Kenseth didn’t dwell on his struggles from final week during Kansas Speedway.
In his initial foe of 2018, Kenseth was taken out in a mutilate after descending laps down. He took over a Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 automobile typically driven by Trevor Bayne.
Kenseth, who will separate time with Bayne a rest of a year and is in his second week of a five-week widen in a car, won a stick on Friday for a NASCAR All-Star Race set for Saturday night during Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Having won a 2003 Cup pretension during Roush Fenway, Kenseth pronounced he didn’t let a bad foe hurt his week.
“I was excellent Sunday,” Kenseth said. “I wasn’t so good Saturday, and Tuesday [at a foe meeting] wasn’t great. … Kansas was usually a disaster from start to finish, honestly; there wasn’t unequivocally most that came out of that weekend for a positive.
“That being said, it’s good to come here and everybody be on their game.”
Kenseth, Stenhouse lead approach in All-Star qualifying
Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. swept a front quarrel in subordinate for NASCAR’s All-Star foe on Friday during Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fords claimed 6 of a tip 10 subordinate spots for Saturday’s race.
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Kenseth pronounced he is perplexing to learn from a Kansas foe though that he also has put final weekend behind him.
“There is a lot of it we comprehend that’s going to be a work in progress,” Kenseth said. “Some things are going to take some time and some calm and all that.”
His teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will join him on a front quarrel Saturday night.
The cars are versed with an aero package that is totally opposite (and with restrictor plates) than what a drivers have for a unchanging season. So a success in subordinate Friday won’t meant most other than confidence.
Stenhouse pronounced Kenseth’s feedback was identical to his.
“He’s flattering approach with how he feels about a foe cars, and it’s good that his directness is accurately like mine,” Stenhouse said. “Hopefully, we can get some transformation in a right instruction with a cars.
“For me, it’s calming that he feels a accurate same approach we do.”
Here’s a relapse of a starting lineup for a All-Star Race as good as a Monster Energy Open. The 3 theatre winners from a Open and a fan voting’s leader will start in a back of a categorical race:
1. Matt Kenseth (Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford): Kansas was a miserable initial week for Kenseth. He has to wish it gets better, and this stick is a step in a right direction.
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford): Stenhouse has averaged a 15th-place finish in his dual All-Star starts.
3. Clint Bowyer (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford): He is in a categorical eventuality for a ninth time in a past 11 years.
4. Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford): Harvick substantially isn’t unhappy that NASCAR is experimenting with a new aero package this weekend; that means teams won’t learn anything on how to locate him for a Coca-Cola 600 subsequent week. Harvick won a All-Star Race in 2007.
5. Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota): He has usually one top-5 finish in 7 All-Star categorical eventuality starts.
6. Ryan Blaney (Team Penske No. 12 Ford): He was 11th in this foe final year (when they separated drivers during a foe and there were usually 10 drivers for a final 10 laps).
7. Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota): He’s looking to urge his 2017 all-star feat with an aerodynamic package he’s not a outrageous fan of.
8. Brad Keselowski (Team Penske No. 2 Ford): He has led 108 laps in all-star foe though has not nonetheless won.
9. Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet): He’s creation his initial main-event coming this weekend.
10. Joey Logano (Team Penkse No. 22 Ford): It competence seem like prolonged ago, though Logano won this foe in 2016.
11. Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet): He has 4 all-star wins — no other motorist in a margin has some-more than one.
12. Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet): McMurray is a usually involuntary qualifier who has not won a points foe in 2017-18. He’s in interjection to his 2014 all-star triumph.
13. Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet): Newman won a All-Star Race in his initial start (2002). He’s still looking for his second one.
14. Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota): He won a All-Star Race in 2015 though has finishes of ninth and 10th given then.
15. Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford): Has top-5 finishes in 4 of his final 5 All-Star Races. He won it in 2010.
16. Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet): Larson led 40 laps final year though finished second to Kyle Busch.
17. Kasey Kahne (Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Chevrolet): Kahne has a paint intrigue commemorating his 2008; he won a fan opinion and a foe that year. He’s a usually motorist who has used a fan opinion to win a categorical event.
Monster Energy Open lineup breakdown
1. Aric Almirola (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Ford): Almirola’s plain deteriorate put him on a stick for this foe as subordinate was rained out. He final competed in a All-Star Race in 2015, finishing 14th.
2. Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota): Hard to trust there are dual Joe Gibbs Racing cars in a Open.
3. Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet): Hard to trust there are 3 Hendrick Motorsports cars in a Open.
4. Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet): Elliott has done a categorical eventuality by a fan opinion a past dual years.
5. Paul Menard (Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford): Menard has not done a categorical eventuality given 2012. He has a possibility this year.
6. William Byron (Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet): He’s one of a few drivers in a Open to have knowledge racing this package, that a Xfinity Series used final year during Indianapolis.
7. Daniel Suarez (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota): Suarez won a Open final year to allege to a categorical event.
8. Darrell Wallace Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford): A year ago, Wallace was in Charlotte wondering about his destiny with his Xfinity float about to finish and no word on either he’d get a shot in a No. 43 car.
9. AJ Allmendinger (JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 Chevrolet): Allmendinger has raced his approach into a all-star categorical eventuality 3 times.
10. David Ragan (Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford): He’s a good restrictor-plate racer and they’re regulating restrictor plates this weekend, so don’t count him out.
11. Chris Buescher (JTG Daugherty Racing No. 37 Chevrolet): Buescher has finished 17th in a one Open foe and a one all-star categorical eventuality he has competed in.
12. Michael McDowell (Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford): McDowell is among those looking to make his initial main-event start.
13. Matt DiBenedetto (Go Fas Racing No. 32 Ford): He has a ardent fan bottom so don’t order him out for a fan opinion depending on who wins a Open stages.
14. Ty Dillon (Germain Racing No. 13 Chevrolet): He has worked tough on his amicable media overdo and videos. Will be engaging to see if he has possibility during fan vote.
15. Corey LaJoie (TriStar Motorsports No. 72 Chevrolet): This group is racing in partial since a licence agreement requires it to foe in this event.
16. Ross Chastain (Premium Motorsports No. 15 Chevrolet): This will be his initial all-star knowledge of any kind.
17. Landon Cassill (StarCom Racing No. 00 Chevrolet): Coming off a earnest 25th-place finish during Kansas.
19. BJ McLeod (Rick Ware Racing No. 51 Chevrolet): He was using during a finish in 35th in his initial foe with a group final week during Kansas.
20. Reed Sorenson (Premium Motorsports No. 55 Chevrolet): Would contend they are entertainment info for subsequent week, though with a opposite aero package, this non-charter group doesn’t even get that advantage of a saved test.