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Kenseth leaves Talladega with frustrating finish

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm •  Published: May 5, 2013

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Matt Kenseth left another restrictor plate race pondering what could have been.

After leading by far the most laps, Kenseth was overtaken on the two-lap overtime sprint Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway and wound up with a disappointing eighth-place finish.

The tally: 190-plus mostly terrific laps and a frustrating finale.

"Just thinking about our day, it's encouraging but it's also really frustrating," Kenseth said. "I think we've led the most laps four or five times and I'm fortunate and thankful that we won two races. I just feel like there's been a few that I've left on the table or we've left on the table, for whatever reason.

"Hopefully, we can keep the performance up and I can figure out the right things to do there at the end to keep my car in the right spot and we can collect some more wins."

He enjoyed the view from the front for 142 laps and started with the lead out of a green-white checkered but got passed by like Carl Edwards and then by race winner David Ragan, runner-up David Gilliland and others. Jimmie Johnson has second among the lap leaders with 16.

It was a familiar feeling for Kenseth. He also led a race-high 86 laps at Daytona in February before engine problems left him 37th.

Kenseth, who won the fall race at Talladega, quietly apologized to team owner Joe Gibbs outside the hauler for failing to bring home a win. He refused to blame the rain, the darkness or the 3-hour, 36-minute delay.

"It was plenty dry enough," he said. "That was no problem. It was fairly dark. We could see what was going on. It was fairly dark, but it was safe out there."

Kenseth isn't sure what, if anything, he would have done differently on the restart.

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