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Kenseth making big impact with Joe Gibbs Racing
Sylvania 300 wekendThursday, Sept. 19
5:30 p.m. — WOKQ Fan Fest (includes Hauler Parade at 6 p.m., interviews with Chase drivers beginning at 7 p.m., concert by Chelsea Bain at 9 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 20
2 p.m. — NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying
3:40 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying
5 p.m. — NASCAR Whelen Modified qualifying
Saturday, Sept. 21
12:15 p.m. – NASCAR Whelen Modified F.W. Webb 100
2:30 p.m. — NASCAR Pro Series East North American Power 100
4:30 p.m. — American-Canadian Tour Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational
Sunday, Sept. 22
2 p.m. — NASCAR Sprint Cup Sylvania 300
After NASCAR red-flagged Sunday’s Geico 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, Kenseth touched based with crew chief Jason Ratcliff and returned to his motor home to wait out a rain delay that ultimately exceeded five hours.
“I hung out with Jason for a little bit, and then I went back to the motor home and hung out with Katie and the girls and Katie’s mom and dad,” Kenseth told Steve Richards of Performance Racing Network after the race. “I watched some football and needed a nap, so I lay down on the floor, and Grace and Kaylin jumped on top of me and were yelling in my ears as loud as they could.
If truth be told, Kenseth was hoping the race wouldn’t resume on Sunday night. His car had worked optimally under hotter conditions before the rain delay, and Kenseth wasn’t sure he could sustain the performance on a faster track that had cooled almost 20 degrees during the hiatus.
Busch has won four races this year, after visiting Victory Lane but once in 2012, when he narrowly missed the Chase. Hamlin was off to a strong start before a fractured vertebra suffered at Fontana, Calif., in late March sidelined him for four races and took the wind out of a promising season.
“This has been an unbelievable, crazy season, to be honest with you,” Kenseth said. “This is the best season I’ve ever had, and we’ve still got nine weeks left.
“Obviously, I’ve got the race team and the equipment to do it, but a lot of things have to go right to be in contention for a championship — and nine races (to go) is a lot of races.”