DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Matt Kenseth hopes to get his season going and lock up a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Darlington Raceway.
Kenseth came to the Southern 500 last May as one of Sprint Cup's hottest drivers, winning twice in his first season driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. This time, Kenseth comes in winless through seven races under the new NASCAR format where a victory pretty much ensures a driver a spot in the 16-team Chase.
Kenseth added to his fast start a season ago with a Southern 500 win. He'd love to become the eighth different driver to win in as many races with his second consecutive victory here. Kenseth says he's not any more concerned about the winless start than he would be in any season.