Hello, race fans! I thought I try something today. Make a comment. And I’m starting with Matt Kenseth. Matt started the Season off with a win at the Daytona 500. He then went on to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. And won there! Winning the first two races of the Season has not been done since Jeff Gordon did it in 1997, when he won the Daytona 500, and then the race at Rocknigham, NC.
What I find interresting is that on the cover of NASCAR Scene was a photo of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with the caption “Coming Clean”. That he regains respect because he admitted he was at least partially responsible for the big crash at Daytona, when Brian Vickers dove down to block Jr. and put them both below the out of bounds line. Jr. then drove back onto the tack and got into Vickers to spin him into oncoming traffic. Not the photo of Matt winning the first two races of the Season.
Last year, if you’ll recall, Matt didn’t have that good of a Season. He was without his long-time Crew Chief Robby Reiser for the first time since 1998. And he went winnless. Not like the Mr. Consistency he normally is. He even finished in eleventh place. He has not been out of the Top Ten since 2002.
In 2003 Matt won his first Championship. He was the model of consistancy all Season, but had only one win. In my opinion, that was why now NASCAR CEO, Brian France, started the Chase format for winning the Championship. He clinched the Title before the last race, despite having only one win. Now you are only crowned Champion if you do well in the last ten races. And the top 12 after 26 races are seeded in the Chase according to how many wins they had during the first 26 races. So Matt finished in eleventh place with no wins in 2008.
But this is 2009. A new year. At the Daytona 500, Matt started near the rear in his gold and black DEWALT Ford. And won the race! They went on to the Auto Club 500, and Matt won that in his black Carhart Ford, after starting in the rear. This week they go to the UAW Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. He will be driving a red, white and blue USG Sheetrock Ford.
To sum up, Matt Kenseth has won the first two races of the 2009 Season with two different Sponsors. No one has ever won the first three races of a Season. And if he does, it will be with three different Sponsors. With his new Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer. (They call him the Blick. I guess the announcers have trouble pronouncing the name.) I can hardly wait for the race to start. Can he do what no one has ever done? And will he be on the cover?
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