Interstate Batteries Racing
Advocare 500

Advocare 500
Phoenix International Raceway | Avondale, AZ
November 10, 2013

Team Interstate‘s Matt Kenseth fought an ill-handling racecar Sunday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway, and his rough day left him 28 points behind Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Early on, Matt worked the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota into the top 10 from the 14th position. Unfortunately, his progress through the field would not continue as the Dollar General team struggled to find the proper balance to allow the No. 20 Camry to race among the leaders. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff would call for big adjustments, but the issues persisted for the majority of the afternoon. Matt would eventually fall a lap down to the leaders, which limited his opportunities to make a late run. He finished the race in 23rd place.

“We go there (to the last race of the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway) basically without a shot to win,” Matt said in USAToday. “I’m obviously disappointed. On the other hand, I couldn’t be happier and more proud of my team. Man, this has been the best year of my racing career. It’s been an awesome season. You’re going to have days like this.”

Teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin finished seventh and 28th, respectively. Kevin Harvick won the AdvoCare 500.

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS

Rank Name Points
1 Jimmie Johnson 2,384
2 Matt Kenseth 2,356
3 Kevin Harvick 2,350
4 Kyle Busch 2,327
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,321
6 Jeff Gordon 2,304
7 Greg Biffle 2,301
8 Clint Bowyer 2,297
9 Joey Logano 2,287
10 Kurt Busch 2,285
11 Ryan Newman 2,259
12 Kasey Kahne 2,252
13 Carl Edwards 2,250