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Spotter Chris Osborne didn't know at the time that he was part of a two-month audition process conducted by driver Matt Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff.
But the man who goes by the handle @crazy_spotter on Twitter passed the meticulous test admirably and now is installed as spotter for Kenseth and his new No. 20 Toyota team at Joe Gibbs Racing.
One area of concern to the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, after he announced plans to leave Roush Fenway Racing and join the Gibbs organization, was finding a spotter to replace Mike Calinoff, who opted to remain with Roush Fenway.
Calinoff and Kenseth had a rhythm and repartee that would be difficult to duplicate. That's why Kenseth and Ratcliff listened to hours of audio before making their choice.
"I did a lot of research last year -- Jason and I did -- before we really interviewed or offered a job to a spotter," Kenseth told the NASCAR Wire Service on Friday at Daytona International Speedway. "I listened t...
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When Matt Kenseth choose to join Joe Gibbs Racing last year there were bound to be a few changes. One of the most important changes for Kenseth was getting a new crew chief in Jason Ratcliff, another was finding a replacement for longtime spotter Mike Calinoff.
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Matt Kenseth led the most laps in the Daytona 500 -- but a third Harley J. Earl trophy wasn't meant to be in 2013.
After taking command at the point for the fourth time on Sunday afternoon, he led his 86th lap when he fell off the pace and turned over the lead to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin.
"We're getting ready to blow up," said Kenseth, who initially...
getty images Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. A field of 43 cars will look to claim the victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener. The race is 200 laps, 500 miles around Daytona’s 2.5 mile track.
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The 2012 Daytona 500 winner, Matt Kenseth led a race high 86 laps in the 55th running of the race on Sunday. He was not around to see the finish nor was his teammate Kyle Busch.
Kenseth and Busch both left the 200 lap race with just over 50 laps remaining.
The No. 20 car of Kenseth went to the garage with either a transmission or engine problem. Moments later Busch’s No. 18 car...