Matt Kenseth and his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota epitomized Murphy’s Law on Sunday.
Contact with Ryan Newman’s Chevrolet, a flat right front tire and several brushes with the wall eventually forced the 2003 series champion out of the race in 42nd place—with a huge mountain to climb in the next two weeks to return to championship eligibility.
Among Chase drivers, Kenseth is in last place (12th), 32 points out of the last transfer position.
“If this is the best I can do, it’s amazing I have a job,” Kenseth cracked in one of his post-race interviews.