Kenseth hoping for more consistency
Matt Kenseth hopes his team gets some consistency back after being out of contention for victories recently after winning the first two races of the season.
The 2003 Sprint Cup champion, who won his title thanks to his superior consistency as he only took one race victory in the year, admits his team has been inconsistent this year despite a very strong start to their season.
The Roush Fenway driver claimed victory in the Daytona 500 and then went on to win at California Speedway a week later. However he didn't finish the next race at Las Vegas due to an engine problem and since then, his best result in a points-paying race has been a fifth place finish at Texas.
"The year obviously couldn't have started off any better with those two wins, but then we went the next week and finished dead last," said Kenseth. "We didn't even make a lap before we broke, which is really uncharacteristic of the motor guys, and then the hard thing has been there hasn't been one issue to fix. It hasn't been a person or a problem or whatever.
"There have been days where it's just been really inconsistent on pitroad and our cars have been OK, and there have been days our cars have been way off and we've been excellent on pit road. There have been days I've messed up on the racetrack.
"It's just been a lot of different things that have been wrong, but, certainly, at the end of the day all that really matters are your finishes and we've been too inconsistent, so, really, we've just been looking at all aspects of the program and just trying to improve every part of it and make it better."
Despite the lack of consistency, Kenseth doesn't see the need for changes within the Roush Fenway organization, as the team's cars have been fast even if their results have not been the best. Last weekend Kenseth finished second in the non-points All-Star race losing victory to Tony Stewart with two laps remaining.
"No matter how good your team is and the rest of your stuff, if your cars don't run, you're not going to get good finishes, unless you're just extremely, extremely lucky," Kenseth added. "So that's the first thing I would look at, and if our cars were absolutely running terrible and we were all fighting and weren't getting along, I think you'd look at making some changes, but I think as a group at Roush Fenway we haven't been as strong as we need to be.
"I think we realize that as a company and we're working on that to make that better, and my past experience is you can't force it."
Kenseth currently ranks tenth in the driver standings right behind teammate Greg Biffle.