Matt Kenseth rallies for hard-fought 13th-place finish

Matt Kenseth’s return to Roush Fenway Racing hasn’t been the panacea the organization had hoped it might be, but the No. 6 team made progress in Sunday’s Pocono 400 after losing a lap to eventual race winner Martin Truex Jr. near the end of the first 50-lap stage.

After starting 26th, Kenseth spent the first two stages outside the top 20 before taking a wave-around under caution after the completion of Stage 2. Kenseth and crew chief Matt Puccia parlayed the return to the lead lap into a respectable finish—Kenseth’s best since returning to the team—but the team has miles to go before it will become competitive with the elite of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“It was a struggle all day for us,” Kenseth said. “I felt like we got fortunate at the end with some pit strategy by Matt and some cautions that got us back in position to finish 13th. “But we didn’t run that well. I feel like we made a small amount of headway today, but we still have a bunch of work to do.”