Joe Gibbs Racing Chase contender Matt Kenseth finished fourth in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, but race winner Jimmie Johnson took over the points lead by seven points over Kenseth with two races remaining.
Kenseth, in the No. 20 Home Depot “Let’s Do This” Toyota Camry, qualified sixth and led three laps in the race. His JGR teammate Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, qualified 14th and finished seventh on Sunday, while JGR’s other Chase contender Kyle Busch, in the No. 18 Snickers Toyota, qualified fifth and finished 13th.
· “I’m still confident. I wish I was seven points ahead, but at the end of the day it’s in our hands. If you win both of the last two races and the math works out to where you still win it so it’s still in our hands. I have I think the greatest race team out there and we’re going to go there, work as hard as we can and try to get the best finishes we can and see where it ends up.” – Matt Kenseth
· “It’s the same as what we said at the beginning of the Chase - we’re going to race as hard as we can race for 10 races and at the end we’re going to see where the points put us. Hopefully, it’s good enough to be first. Realistically, at this point with two races left you’re probably not going to out-race the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and the 20 (Matt Kenseth) to accumulate more points than them to win the championship, but anything can happen. They can speed on pit road, they can have a failure, they can have a wreck. We’re going to give the next two races 100 percent and if them guys stumble a little bit then hopefully we’re there to capitalize.” – No. 18 crew chief Dave Rogers
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