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.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.