The Backstretch Blog: Rock Lobster

Published On: Oct 29 2013 11:18:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 10:07:37 AM CDT

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So my favorite part of the race at New Hampshire is the victory lane photos. I love seeing the awkward, sometimes frightened look on drivers faces as they hold up that lobster the winner gets.

But look at Matt Kenseth, he looks like the happiest guy to ever be handed big old crustacean. And why not? I mean, not only did he put a whippin' on the field at New Hampshire, a track he's us normally not very good at, but he is doing the same in the Chase for the Championship.

Still Kenseth says his team is going about things business as usual.

"I know it's kind of cliché, but it really is one week at a time, especially right now," said Kesneth. "If you get down toward the end and you're lucky enough to have a lead or something, maybe you start looking at that more or thinking about it more, but man, two whole months and eight weeks of racing is a lot of racing, and in this system one bad finish and you're behind."

Maybe, but with wins in both Chase races and a series leading seven victories, it's hard to think that Kenseth couldn't win a couple more races at least before the Chase is over.

"He's put it all together," said teammate Kyle Busch who is 14 points behind Kennseth in the standings. "I think JGR has got really good stuff, and Matt has been able to run really good in it, and I think Jason Ratcliff is really smart, and they're doing a good job together."

Much like when Clint Bowyer moved to Michael Waltrip Racing and ran second in the championship, many may be surprised that a driver in his first year with a team can run this well. But especially in this case, we probably shouldn't. Kenseth already has a championship under his belt and the 20 team has two.

"It's been a great mix," said Kenseth. "I think the organization is really strong, starts at the top obviously with Coach and I guess J.D. and goes from there."