More of the Same For Matt Kenseth In '09 With Yet Another Crew Chief

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IJanuary 14, 2009

2008 was a year to forget for Matt Kenseth. The 2003 Cup Champion started '08 very sluggish, but stormed back to make the chase when he and new crew chief Chip Boland started to gel. Kenseth's 2008 Chase bid ultimately fizzled with four finishes of 25th or worse in the final 10 races. Not only that, but Kenseth failed to win a race all season, but at least the team was starting to form some chemistry...

Now we fast forward to the 2008 offseason where it was announced Chip Boland would move to a different role at Roush Racing, and Drew Blickensderfer would be taking over crew chief duties for the team. This is a huge step backward for a team that finally was showing some progress.

Chemistry in sports is very difficult to obtain, but it is one of the most important things to secure (Especially in NASCAR).  Fooling with pieces that are finally starting to click is just like starting over. 

Would Jimmie Johnson have three Sprint Cups without Chad Knaus? Would Dale Jr.'s transition to Hendrick have been as easy without longtime crew chief Tony Eury Jr.? What happened when Ryan Newman and Matt Borland Split? And what about Kurt Busch and Jimmy Fenning? You get the point...

Chemistry is hard to find and when it is there it is hard to create again.  I just hope that Kenseth can find chemistry as fast in 2009 as he did last season, or he could for the first time in his career, miss the chase.