Matt Kenseth came out of Martinsville last week alive with a second place finish at a track that he believes he didn’t have a lot of veteran experience at despite the fact that before the race, he believed that he had a good shot at winning at Martinsville. What does this mean for the future?
Kenseth in the Sprint Cup points standings currently holds a tiebreaker over his direct competitor in Jimmie Johnson due to bonus points, and more wins but a lot of people believe Johnson is favorite and the 48 team is just buying their time. I don’t buy that.
Brad Keselowski went to battle with Johnson for the championship last year, and Keselowski came out on top. Johnson is great, and we all know that but he isn’t unstoppable.
Whatever we find out, we sure don’t have a clear-cut advantage heading into Texas this week. Kenseth, and Johnson career wise are neck, and neck at the track as Kenseth leads all active drivers with an average finish of 8.5 at Texas, while Johnson is second on the list with an average finish of 9.1.
Kenseth has had the momentum all year, and even when things didn’t go too well for him this year, he managed to make the best of it.
But if I’m Kenseth, I don’t know if I wait until Homstead to make a final move. If he wants to set himself apart from the rest of the pack, he has to make a big move this week. A win for Kenseth at Texas, in my opinion, would seal the deal for the chase. And if he wants a another championship, he needs to get it done now.
The reason for this is because if Kenseth was bothered by his experience at Martinsville, how bothered will he be going to the wire with an experienced champion in Johnson?
Kenseth is in the drivers seat in my opinion, but there is pressure on him to finish his competitors off quickly.