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Matt Kenseth looks like he could repeat at Daytona 500

Last season’s Daytona 500 champion looks in prime position for a repeat thus far.

Matt Kenseth has been fast since Thursday’s start of NASCAR’s three-day test at Daytona International Speedway and he wasn’t on the track Friday during a 12-car wreck that erupted while cars were drafting.

While Kenseth would consecutive Daytona 500 victories, even a repeat performance would have unique qualities.

Kenseth’s two previous 500 wins came at Roush Fenway Racing. The 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion moved to Joe Gibbs Racing this offseason.

“We’re going to do everything we can just like you do every year. Show up down here and try to win the race. It’s always unpredictable,” Kenseth said.

“It’s the biggest race of the year, and there’s a lot of effort that goes into these races, and certainly (restrictor) plate racing is anything but predictable. Hopefully, we’ll have cars like we did last year.”