For Matt Kenseth, the third time was not the charm.
The 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion failed last Sunday to get a record, third consecutive victory to start the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup but finished seventh to maintain his championship lead.
Kenseth, who leads five-time champion Jimmie Johnson by eight points and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch by 12 markers gets a second shot at a "triple" in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
The Wisconsin veteran is the reigning winner of Kansas Speedway's fall event and returned earlier this year to capture the STP 400. He won in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford in 2013, and in his current No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this April.
Chase rivals looking for Kenseth to stumble in the nation's heartland may have a long wait.