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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

"Carl just got a rocket restart there, and he cleared me down the backstretch," he said. "He just got a huge run somehow. I was still second. I thought we still had a shot. I tried to get around Carl but he blocked, which you should. We got real wide getting up there and got pretty far to the top, and I just didn't watch the runs from the guys way in the back.

"I saw David (Ragan) at the last minute but he was going too fast. If I pulled in front of him I was just going to get wrecked. I just had to bite the bullet and try to find the hole, which there wasn't one. It was a disappointing end to the day but man, we had a great car."

Kenseth also led the most laps at Richmond but finished seventh.

Kenseth thinks this year's results show he's still got a lot of work to do on the big speedways. He won his second Daytona 500 in 2012, and got first- and third-place finishes at the two Talladega Sprint Cup races. It's really not that easy, though.

"Restrictor plate racing is tough," Kenseth said. "Everybody after our great year last year says it was a strongpoint. I think it's a weakpoint. I feel like I'm not very good at making the right spots.

"It'd be nice if we could race a little bit to the ends. I feel like our cars are good enough and our strategy. We get ourselves in really good places for longer runs but green-white checkereds, they're just really unpredictable."