MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND? "I've probably looked forward to it more than most times we come to Daytona. We had a great car down here for the 500 and our stuff has been more and more...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND? "I've probably looked forward to it more than most times we come to Daytona. We had a great car down here for the 500 and our stuff has been more and more competitive as we keep going to these restrictor plate tracks, so I'm looking forward to it."
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE SEASON SO FAR? "Yeah, I don't think I could be much happier. There are certainly a lot of areas we can still improve in, but overall on an average this season we've run the best we've ever started a season off as far as pure performance goes, so I've been very happy with it." WE'RE IN THE LAST 10 BEFORE THE CHASE. DO YOU FEEL ADDED PRESSURE? "Last year we were way out of it and this year we're in a good position. I think both years we'll approach everything the same. I think you take it one race at a time -- put forth your best effort each and every week and not really worry about the points. Just try to run the best you can every week, finish as high as you can, and the rest will kind of take care of itself."
DO YOU THINK ABOUT NOT MAKING THE CHASE? "I haven't. I really don't know what everybody else talks about. I haven't heard much about it. I think you just take one race at a time and do the best that you can every week. You can only control your car. You can't control everybody else's, you just do the best job you can do every week and if it ends up after 26 that you're in, you're in. If it ends up you're out, you're out."
DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT AT ALL? "I just approach it one week at a time. Yeah, you look at the points once a week or once every two weeks to see where you're at and where everybody else is at. You pay attention to it because it's interesting to see who is gonna make it or not make it, but yet it doesn't do any good to worry about it. You just go out and do the best you can."
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGE AS FAR AS TWEAKING THE POINT SYSTEM? "No. It doesn't really matter to me. Whatever they come up with we just have to look at whatever the system is and figure out how to make it work the best we can for us. That's really all you can do."
WILL YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT TO MAKE THE CHASE? "We can't test. You can go to Milwaukee or something. We're gonna go there next week and test our stuff for Loudon, but there's really not much you can do different. We're gonna bring our best piece each and every week and try to run the best we can every week. I think momentum is as important as anything. I think it's as important to try to win Richmond as it is to win Loudon. I think you've got to have momentum and you've got to have yourself and your crew and your over-the-wall guys at their top level all the time. If you are in a good spot with a few races to go before the chase, I don't think you can slack off and not bring your best piece, and not worry about it if your pit stops are off, and not worry about it if your car was off and just say, 'It's gonna be better at Loudon.' I don't think it works that way. I think you've got to run the best you can and perform at a top level every week."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE HAVING TO SCRAMBLE TO MAKE THE CHASE LAST YEAR? "We started the season off bad, but we ran really good from probably about Michigan on -- something like that. The feeling was good that we were running better and whether we made it or not, we were still gonna feel good about how much we turned our season around and how we got our stuff running better."