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Kenseth looks forward

Kenseth led only one green-flag lap, when he passed Elliott Sadler in turn one on lap 146 following a push from Kevin Harvick. Less than half a lap later, the caution flew for a wreck on the backstretch, and rain ended the event after 152 laps, the last six of which ran under caution.

As he heads for California, one of his best tracks, Kenseth is playing with house money. In the past seven races there, he has won twice, finished fifth twice and seventh three times. He's just as good at Las Vegas and Atlanta, the third and fourth tracks on the Cup schedule.

So it's small wonder the entire team has been infected with enthusiasm over the prospects for the coming few weeks. Kenseth has a bona fide opportunity to distance himself from would-be contenders Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, neither of whom got the results they wanted at Daytona.

That's why breakfast was an afterthought for Blickensderfer and his crew

by Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service



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