Kenseth book-ended this year’s menu of four restrictor plate races, backing up his second Daytona 500 victory by winning Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. His 2012 average plate track finish was 2.0.
Unfortunately for Kenseth, it may be a case of too little, too late. Kenseth remains 12th in Chase standings, 62 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.
The Talladega celebration figures to last longer than usual since Kenseth is the defending winner of Saturday’s Bank of America 500. Last year’s win, a 0.968-seconds squeaker over Kyle Busch, was Kenseth’s second at Charlotte. Kenseth’s Driver Rating of 95.1 ranks fourth among active drivers.
Last year’s race ended Ford’s 18-race Charlotte winless streak dating to Mark Martin’s 2002 Coca-Cola 600 victory. Kenseth is the only current member of the Roush Fenway Racing stable to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup points-paying race at Charlotte and will join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013.