NASCAR AMERICA: Matt Kenseth confident as Loudon looms (VIDEO)

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Prior to last year, Matt Kenseth had never won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But in the second race of the 2013 Chase, Kenseth finally broke through at the Magic Mile for his first Sprint Cup win there in his 500th career Cup start.

It was his seventh and final victory in 2013, and while he remains winless this season, Kenseth returns to Loudon with some momentum after finishing 10th in the Chase opener last weekend at Chicagoland.

“I look forward to [New Hampshire] more now than I ever have before, let’s put it that way,” Kenseth told NASCAR AMERICA’s Marty Snider today at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters, where the team celebrated its new sponsorships for 2015 with Stanley and Dewalt Tools.

“It has been a decent track for us the last year and a half. JGR, I feel like in general has a pretty good program at all the tracks really, but I feel like on some of the flatter tracks, we’ve been pretty competitive…I never would’ve thought I’d be saying, ‘I’m really looking forward to going to New Hampshire, it’s been a good place for us.’ But I am looking forward to getting there.”

Kenseth also talked with Snider about having Dewalt come back as his primary sponsor, JGR’s overall performance at Chicagoland, and where he feels his No. 20 team needs to improve in order to contend for a championship.

You can see the full interview in the clip above.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.