20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Matt Kenseth remained in fourth place for the third consecutive week after Pocono. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 89 points (was 56 points behind prior to Pocono), is 19 points behind third-ranked Brad Keselowski and leads fifth-ranked Ryan Newman by 26.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: 14 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 4 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Eighth in 2003 and 2012. Finished 23rd in this race last year and was eighth in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kenseth readily admits he's not a good road course racer. But like others who could also make that statement, he hopes to turn his misfortune into good fortune this Sunday.
LOOKING BACK: Kenseth was one of 13 drivers involved in the big wreck on Lap 116 at Pocono this past Sunday. His car was heavily damaged, ending his day early and resulting in a disappointing 38th place finish. "I just was following (Denny) Hamlin on that restart and he kind of went to the middle so I stayed at the bottom and got behind Brian (Vickers) and my spotter told me I was clear high so I just went up to go up off the corner and when I got up there I saw the 11 car (Denny Hamlin) sideways and the 55 (Brian Vickers) went to miss him and we just got all collected."
ETC.: Even with his disappointing overall record, Kenseth still has managed to complete an outstanding 99.9 percent (1,263) of the 1,264 total laps contested in 14 career starts at Watkins Glen. His average start there is 18.7 and average finish is 15.6. He has zero DNFs there.