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Kyle Busch heads C.J. Radune’s lower-risk lineup after leading more than 100 laps in each of the last three Phoenix races and winning the last two.
C.J. Radune analyzes this week's race at Dover where Kevin Harvick is a two-time winner.
C.J. Radune says Kevin Harvick lacked the late-run pace to battle for the win last week but remains one of the drivers with the most momentum this week
Does Kyle Larson have what it takes to win at Las Vegas, which according to C.J. Radune, requires clean stops on pit road, managing tires and the all-important track position?
At Darlington Speedway where position is key, Denny Hamlin will roll off in ninth position, plus he has two wins at the track and has been the hottest driver recently.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
At the conclusion of the 2017 season, Kenseth raced his last lap in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Although it was a somewhat disappointing season (one win and 18 Top-10 finishes) he still finished a respectable seventh in the final driver standings, due in large part to the Chase format. The veteran driver did not renew his contract with Gibbs and is currently a free agent driver. Kenseth insists that he still wants to race, but he wants to race for a good team and at a highly competitive level. All indications from his past few seasons of performance are that he can still win races and challenge for championships. However, those opportunities with high quality teams are few. It would seem that Kenseth is looking at the prospect of sitting out the 2018 season, and hopefully finding a ride for 2019. We would place those odds as very slim, and we may have very well seen the last NASCAR laps of Kenseth's career this past November at Homestead.
Kenseth was consistent last season, just not as excellent as he would have liked. The Joe Gibbs Racing star posted two victories, but he only came up with eight Top-5 and 19 Top-10 finishes when all was said and done. The veteran driver was good enough at the end of the season to post a fifth-place finish in the standings, but it really didn't reflect the lack of speed that the No. 20 team suffered most of the season. Kenseth has the potential to improve on these numbers in the upcoming season, but a number of variables will have to fall into place. He and crew chief Jason Ratcliff are going to have to work hard to get more speed and better handling out of their cars, and at that point some momentum and consistency can develop. A return to 2015 numbers (five wins and 12 Top-5 finishes) is possible but will demand a lot of work.
Kenseth's failure to advance in the Chase and dust-up with Joey Logano in the stretch run sums up what was a frustrating end to last season for the Joe Gibbs Racing star. Despite late-season wins at Richmond and Loudon, the driver of the No. 20 Toyota would be sitting on the sidelines in more ways than one over the last few races. The short offseason will give Kenseth a chance to hit the reset button for 2016. The good news is that he still won five races and picked up 20 top 10s last year, despite his poor end to the campaign. Those numbers are pretty consistent with where the veteran driver has been statistically since joining Joe Gibbs Racing. There's no good reason to expect a falloff in production this year for the 16-season vet.
The newest Joe Gibbs Racing driver left behind a 15-year career with Roush Fenway Racing to become the new face in this Toyota super stable. Kenseth won a championship and 24 victories with his former boss Jack Roush. Now he gets an all new start in the sport with a new owner, team and manufacturer. Kenseth will be paired with crew chief Jason Ratcliff at the No. 20 team and the two should form chemistry right away. Ratcliff guided Kyle Busch to the Nationwide Series championship in 2009 and has 13 seasons of crew chief experience at NASCAR’s top level. The 40-year-old driver will have to make some adjustments to his new team, but should be off and rolling soon enough. Kenseth has multi-win potential and can clearly be a championship contender when the conditions are right.
No other Roush driver was hotter than Kenseth down the strectch of last season. He made a charge to make the Chase for the Cup last season, and alerted everyone that he will be a contender for the championship in 2006.
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Hard Fought Top-10 Finish at Phoenix
Additional Races Announced
Kenseth will pilot Roush Fenway Racing's flagship No. 6 Ford for 10 more races in 2018. Starting on July 14 at Kentucky Speedway, Kenseth's summer stretch of four-straight weekends will conclude at Watkins Glen International on August 5, Roush Fenway Racing PR reports.
Wins All-Star Race Pole Position
Kenseth won the pole for the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday evening. He turned 3 laps and a four-tire pit stop in 127.644 seconds.
Expected to Race the Next 5 Events
Kenseth will return to NASCAR this weekend at Kansas Speedway, and the driver he is at least temporarily replacing in the No. 6 Ford will be there, too. According to two people with direct knowledge of the schedule but who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly, Kenseth will drive in at least the next five race weekends - Kansas, the All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, NBC Sports reports.