Charlotte II: Kenseth - Thursday media visit

Matt Kenseth is looking to bounce back from problems last week at California that dropped him more than 200 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Biffle (11th) spoke about his situation before Thursday's first practice session at Charlotte Motor...

Matt Kenseth is looking to bounce back from problems last week at California that dropped him more than 200 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Biffle (11th) spoke about his situation before Thursday's first practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

HOW COULD THINGS TURN AROUND FOR YOU GUYS THIS WEEKEND? "We've been hoping every week that things will turn around. It seems like our car has been performing a little bit better here the last three weeks or so, and hopefully we can have our cars perform this week like they did last week and Kansas, where we got to the end and got a good finish."

DO YOU SEE YOURSELVES SIMILAR TO WHERE THE CHILDRESS TEAMS WERE LAST YEAR? THEY STRUGGLED MUCH OF THE YEAR AND THEN SHOWED IMPROVEMENT TOWARD THE END. "I hope so. You never want to go through a period like we have, where we haven't improved and we've actually gone backwards. You never want to go through that, you always want to be getting better no matter where you're running or where you are in the points. You always want to get better. I think toward the two-thirds mark of the year we started running a little bit better as a group. Greg's been able to win a couple races and Carl has been pretty close a few times and we've been running a little better too, so we're hoping we can continue that through the last six weeks and carry it into next season, and figure out some things that will make us better and hopefully get better over the off-season as well."

WERE THEY ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE ENGINE PROBLEMS YOU AND GREG HAD? WERE THEY THE SAME THING? "I never asked what happened to Greg's car. Our car and AJ was starting to have some problems toward the end of the race. I know our cars had the same issue, which they know what the problem was and they have it addressed, but I'm not really sure what happened to Greg's car, to be honest with you. I didn't even ask."

YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACING AT TALLADEGA? "Everybody always talks about Talladega being the wild card in the chase, so I guess it could be. Any of the races really could be because you never know what's gonna happen as far as wrecks, but certainly Talladega always has the potential to be an accident waiting to happen. You never know where it's gonna occur, when it's gonna occur and who it's gonna take out, so that's one you're never sure where everybody is gonna finish until the race is over - that's for sure."

SHORT TRACKS SEEM TO HAVE BEEN THE PROBLEM FOR ROUSH FENWAY OF LATE. WHY? "I think since the introduction to the COT car, the car we're running now, our short track stuff at the 17 hasn't been near as good and we haven't really fixed that to have it where it needs to be and I'm not sure why. Carl ran pretty good on the short tracks when the cars first came out and then we've all struggled as a group. Richmond for us was much better at the 17. We ran pretty competitively and even though we didn't finish the race the way we needed to, there were times in the race where we ran pretty good. New Hampshire wasn't so good, but I don't know why it is. We're working on it and working on all the stuff to make it better, but the short track stuff seems to have been the biggest struggle."

-source: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson