BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 18: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DEWALT/Flexvolt Toyota, talks to Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonalds/Cessna Chevrolet, during practice for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Playoff driver is "let down" after finishing third at New Hampshire

Matt Kenseth is one of three winless drivers in the postseason field, and he nearly won his first race of the season at New Hampshire.

Kenseth said after the race that his restarts weren't good enough to win, so he had to settle for a third-place finish behind Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson.

"We had the track position I just couldn't restart good," Kenseth said. "Everytime we restarted I'd lose anywhere from one to four spots I felt down in Turns 1 and 2 no matter what lane I was in."

The good news for Kenseth is that he will likely move on to the next round, which will give him a few more opportunities to pick up a win before his Joe Gibbs Racing tenure comes to an end.

Kenseth will be a free agent after this season, and it's possible he might not even have a ride next year. But the further he advances in the playoffs, the more difficult it will be for some team not to give him a chance next year.

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"If you can't win, you want to finish as high as you can," Kenseth said. "So if you can't run second, you want to run third. We're going to need a win. Really do, really need a win bad. I'm a little let down we did get it."

Kenseth's next chance will be on Sunday at Dover, where he has won three times during his career in the Cup series.