Kenseth to start from the back at Talladega

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Saturday, Oct 18 1603

After a precautionary engine change on Saturday, Matt Kenseth will start from the rear of the field in Sunday’s GEICO 500.

Kenseth’s crew found issues in the bottom of the engine and made the change, rather than risk a failure during the race. Kenseth currently is ninth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, one point behind Kasey Kahne and one position away from transferring to the Eliminator Round of the Chase.

In Saturday afternoon’s knockout qualifying session, Kenseth was 13th, but his result in time trials affects only his choice of pit stalls, since the engine change requires that he drop to the rear for the start of the race.