As Matt Kenseth earned his fifth win of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, is the 20 car really the favorite entering the chase? I don’t think so. It’s still Jimmie Johnson.
Kenseth has done well for himself sitting in sixth position in the Sprint Cup points standings, and is solidly in the chase. There have been quality contenders in the past like Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin, who had eight wins in 2010 but still fell short to Johnson for the championship.
History may be on Kenseth’s side however, as he has won it all once in his career in 2003. Sometimes when you are a legitimate contender for the championship like Kenseth is, you need a little good luck. Entering the last portions of the race at Bristol, Kasey Kahne of the five car had every opportunity to move Kenseth out of the way, but he didn’t.
Every driver wants it at this point of the season, but the results are all that matters right now, and Kenseth has that. Joe Gibbs racing has never won the Sprint Cup championship before, but I do believe that if there is anyone in between Kenseth, Hamlin and Kyle Busch on that team, Kenseth has the clutch factor and the experience to get it done.