Matt Kenseth of Roush Fenway Goes for History with Hat Trick Attempt
We all know it's a very long shot that a team will ever complete a NASCAR season undefeated—OK, it's down right impossible. But Matt Kenseth and his No. 17 Dewalt Ford team are looking to accomplish something spectacular—winning the first three NASCAR races.
Kenseth and his "Killer Bees" have been one word: Perfect.
Perfect on the track.
Perfect in the pits.
And perfect in the win column thus far.
This past Sunday, the No. 17 team became only the fourth team in NASCAR history to win the Daytona 500, and the following event.
So can this team beat all the odds and be the first team ever to win the first three races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season? Kenseth has the stats that show it may be possible.
At the 1.5-mile track, Kenseth has two wins, four top-fives and five top-10 finishes. He averages a finish of 9.0 and averages a running position of 10.8 (fifth-best).
Kenseth's driver rating of 107.8 is fourth-best and he is second on the list of drivers with 90 of the fastest laps run. While it's a slim chance that Kenseth will go three for three this weekend—didn't we say that last week?
With his back-to-back wins this year, Kenseth joined some elite competition. The last driver to do so? Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon in 1997. Gordon won Daytona and Rockingham.
You better believe, however, that Gordon was trying his hardest to not only keep Kenseth from accomplishing the feat, but also trying to end a year and a half long drought in a points paying race. Gordon finished second.
The other two drivers to open with two wins are three-time series champion Cale Yarborough (1977, Daytona/Richmond) and seven-time champion Richard Petty (1973, Daytona/Richmond).
Not only is Kenseth and his team undefeated this season, but his crew chief Drew Blickensderfer has yet to lose in his short career a top the box.
“I just feel great about the group we have assembled,” said Kenseth. “Everybody's having fun. Everybody's loose. Everybody's performing at the same time. I think that, Drew has given the leadership and the spark they (the team) kind of needs.”
Kenseth leads the championship standings by 85-points over Gordon and head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway looking to put all the doubters and historians to shame and "Sting" the competition.
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