Kenseth Pleased After First Race With New Crew Chief

So far, so good for Matt Kenseth and new crew chief Todd Parrott.

Kenseth said he was “feeling great” after opening the season with consecutive top 10 finishes, placing seventh Sunday in California.

The Roush Fenway Racing team replaced Drew Blickensderfer one race into the season after the Daytona 500, leaving Parrott atop the pit box.

“It sounds dumb, me saying that, since we won the first two last year,” Kenseth said. “But to get out of Daytona with all the troubles we had and finish eighth, then to come in here in Todd’s first weekend and finish seventh is pretty good.”

Kenseth said he ran as good or better than his teammates at times and was as good as most Fords in general, which helped his mood.

“I still think we’ve got some work to do to get all of our cars better as a group, but I thought overall that our team did a good job,” he said.

As for Parrott, the crew chief said he was “very, very happy.”

“I think we made some huge gains from where we were over the winter, so I think we’re heading in the right direction,” Parrott said.

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