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Kenseth OK after Texas testing crash

October 22, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Championship contender Matt Kenseth was OK after crashing during a test at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday due to an apparent tire problem.

Kenseth told reporters at the 1.5-mile facility that he cut a right-front tire. The car he was testing is not the same one he'll bring back to the facility's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on Nov 3.

"She's at home safe, ready to get to the track," he said.

Kenseth lost the lead for the first time in the Chase this past Sunday at Talladega, and now trails Jimmie Johnson by four points heading to Martinsville. His Joe Gibbs Racing team is one of five organizations — including Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports outfit -- participating in the Texas test, which began Monday and is slated to end Wednesday. The test was originally planned for last week, but was postponed by rain.

"Like a typical test or practice session, I think you stumble onto some things that you feel, and maybe add some speed to your car and help the balance," Kenseth said. "And then you go through a lot more things that you don't like, and kind of discard and put off to the back. You go through a lot of stuff, You go through a lot of stuff pretty fast, I think, until you get to the data logs and can look at it and think about it. Until you do all that, you probably don't pick out exactly what you're going to do when you come back yet."

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