NASCAR & Auto Racing

Kenseth likes rainout rule - at Martinsville, this time

Count Matt Kenseth among the drivers who were relieved when rain washed out qualifying Friday and caused the field to be set according to the point standings.

He's never been fond of time trials at the track, where his best starting position in 17 previous races here was a 14th in 2003, and where he typically starts near the back.

"Yesterday was probably the best Friday we've ever had at Martinsville," Kenseth said between practice sessions Saturday. "We qualified 11th because of the rain."