News Kenseth to pay tribute to Martin in All-Star Race

06:00  17 may  2018
06:00  17 may  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

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  Kenseth wants to help Roush Veteran driver Matt Kenseth returns to the team he won 2003 NASCAR Cup Series title with to drive part-time this season and help improve on-track performance for the Roush Fenway Racing. One week after announcing long-term extensions for three primary partners for the No. 17 car, Roush Fenway Racing officially announced the return of Kenseth during a news conference Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte (N.C.).Kenseth was introduced by NASCAR Hall of Famer and former Roush Fenway Racing driver Mark Martin.“It’s a great feeling to return to where it all started for me in the Cup Series,” said Kenseth.

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a close up of a car © Roush Fenway Racing

In 1998, Mark Martin scored the first All-Star Race victory for Jack Roush. Two decades later, Matt Kenseth will pay tribute with a special paint scheme.

The No. 6 Ford will sport the iconic black, red, orange and yellow livery that Martin drove to the win that year.

“Our paint scheme this week is a nod to Jack’s first All-Star win in 1998 with Mark,” Kenseth said in a release. “Obviously those two have meant so much to my career, and it’s cool to honor both of them this weekend.”

Roush went to victory lane three more times, including another win for Martin in 2005.

But it is that first win that sticks in Martin’s mind.

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Mark Martin , who has served in a consultant-type role since the playoffs last year, said what Kenseth can help the team with could make a significant Ryan Blaney is eighth in the Cup points standings through nine races . MORE: Matt DiBenedetto pays tribute to Jeff Burton with Darlington scheme.

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“The 1998 All-Star Race was really cool for me,” Martin said. “We were running third with two laps to go and passed Bobby Labonte coming off of (Turn 4) for the white flag. Jeff Gordon was gone up front and about the time I passed Bobby, Jeff pulled over to the inside and slowed. I was like, ‘Wow!’ All of the sudden, we were in the lead. We had no idea we were going to win the race, and it happened just that quickly. Those can be some of the best wins, because you just never see it coming.”

Kenseth, who made his first start in the All-Star Race in 2000, added to Roush’s total in 2004. In 18 consecutive appearances, he has scored seven top fives and 12 top-10s.

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Mark Martin , who has served in a consultant-type role since the playoffs last year, said what Kenseth can help the team with could make a The Team Penske driver will pay tribute to the NASCAR career of his father, former Cup driver Dave Blaney, in the Sept. 2 race at Darlington Raceway.

Carl Edwards earned Roush’s fourth and most recent victory in 2011.

“The All-Star Race has gone through a lot of changes over the years,” said Kenseth. “But the addition of the restrictor plate may be the biggest. I honestly don’t know what to expect other than the cars will be slower. We’ll just have to see how it plays out this weekend.”

Kasey Kahne also will have a throwback paint scheme on his No. 95 this Saturday. It will commemorate the 10th anniversary of his 2008 All-Star victory.

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