Kenseth set to make his 500th Cup start at N.H.

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 9/20/2013 12:20 pm

"All this really means is that I'm old," Kenseth jokingly said. "I'm proud having 500 starts. I remember making my first one, and I wasn't sure if I was going to even be able to make a second one. It's a very tough business, so I feel very fortunate to have been with such great people, and to have driven such great cars and had fantastic sponsors throughout my career to be able to still be in this sport and competitive after this many seasons."

Kenseth kicked off the Chase last Sunday with a victory at Chicagoland, a race delayed more than six hours due to rain. He currently holds an eight-point lead over Kyle Busch, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, and an 11-point advantage over Jimmie Johnson.

In his first season with JGR, Kenseth has scored a series-leading and career- high six victories. He's attempting to win his second Cup championship. His first title came in 2003.

After winning at Chicagoland, Kenseth has established himself as the Chase favorite. He will become the series champion if history repeats itself. The winner at Chicagoland, the first race in the Chase, went on to capture the title the previous two years (Tony Stewart in 2011 and Brad Keselowski in 2012).

"I think it's too early to really pick favorites," Kenseth said. "I think there's a ton of competition. When you look at the finishing position last Sunday, 10 of the top-12 were all drivers in the Chase."

Kenseth has struggled somewhat at New Hampshire in the past, recording just two top-10 finishes in his last 11 races here. His average finish over that span has been 18.6. He did finish ninth after leading 33 laps in his first race with JGR at this track in July. Kenseth's best finish at New Hampshire is second, which came in September 2004.

Busch finished second at Chicagoland. He also finished in the runner-up spot at New Hampshire earlier this season.

"There's still nine more weeks - nine long weeks to go," Busch said. "But I know this team is focused, and we'll try to have another good race at New Hampshire and keep up some positive momentum from last week."

Johnson has scored three wins and 16 top-10 finishes in his 23 starts at New Hampshire. He finished second here one year ago and placed sixth in the July race.

Kevin Harvick is presently fourth in points (-15), followed by Carl Edwards (-23) and Kurt Busch (-23). Busch, in his lone season with Furniture Row Racing before he moves over to Stewart-Haas Racing next year, finished fourth at Chicagoland.

"It's been an amazing ride, and to make the Chase with a single-car team was a nice accomplishment and something very gratifying, and now here we are one week into it and we have a nice top-5 finish," Busch said. "We need nine more of those along with a win. So I'm looking forward to the challenge. What keeps me even more hungry this year is that we haven't won yet, and I know we're capable of doing it, and here it is. The Chase, it's the most important time to win, so it would be great to see it all come together."

Busch won the inaugural Chase championship in 2004. His only win during the 10-race playoff stretch that year came at New Hampshire.

Forty-three teams are on the entry list for the Sylvania 300.

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup. Date: Sunday, Sept. 22. Race: Sylvania 300. Site: New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Track: 1.058-mile oval. Start time: 2 p.m. ET. Laps: 300. Miles: 317.4. 2012 Winner: Denny Hamlin. Television: ESPN. Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.