A little help from my friends

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 25: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2013 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 25:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2013 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 25: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2013 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

MARTINSVILLE, Va.—  Matt Kenseth will rely on the Martinsville mastery of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch as he tries to regain the series lead.

In recent years, Hamlin arguably is second only to Johnson in terms of his prowess on the paper-clip-shaped speedway. Hamlin has four wins at Martinsville and a career average finish of 8.2. Accordingly, it’s had to blame Kenseth for seeking advice.

“This spring, Denny helped me a lot, and I think Kyle helped me a lot, too,” Kenseth said. “Especially Denny, because he was out of the car (because of a fractured vertebra), and Mark (Martin) was in it, so we were down there parked next to each other, and I got to talk to him a lot and pick his brain a lot and look at a lot of stuff.”

“You try to use all the tools you have, and certainly Denny and Kyle run pretty good everywhere, but especially here is one of Denny’s best places, so I certainly try to pay as much attention as I can.”

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.