Crash puts damper on TMS testing for Kenseth

Crash puts damper on TMS testing for Kenseth

Published Oct. 22, 2013 7:31 p.m. ET

FORT WORTH, Texas -- A rough couple of days for Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth carried over Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kenseth, who lost the Sprint Cup lead to Jimmie Johnson with a 20th-place finish Sunday at Talladega, had his two-day test session cut short with a crash.

Kenseth was fine physically but not happy about losing a right front tire.

"When you run nine laps and one (tire) blows apart for no reason, that's obviously a cause for concern for sure," Kenseth said.

The good news for Kenseth was that the No. 20 Toyota he wrecked wasn't the car that he'll drive in next weekend's AAA Texas 500. Kenseth has been one of the most dominant Sprint Cup drivers at TMS. He's led more laps (772) than any other driver and the two-time TMS winner leads all drivers with 12 top-five finishes in his 22 starts.

Kenseth, who tested with his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, got some information he can use in next weekend's race, but the wreck put a damper on his two days at TMS.

"It was up and down but ended down," Kenseth said. "We're done for the test. We learned a few things. It wasn't great. The spring race wasn't great (12th-place finish) but typically it's been a good place for us. Hopefully we'll come back here next week and be all right."