MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion DID THAT SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT DOVER HELP GET YOU BACK INTO CONTENTION? "Yeah, we needed a good finish. Obviously, I don't want to say out of it, but we got a big blow at Loudon, obviously, so we ...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
DID THAT SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT DOVER HELP GET YOU BACK INTO CONTENTION? "Yeah, we needed a good finish. Obviously, I don't want to say out of it, but we got a big blow at Loudon, obviously, so we just need to start doing what we did last week: lead laps and try to be in contention."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE ROUSH FENWAY RACING RIGHT NOW IS THE BEST TEAM GOING? EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING WELL FOR ALL OF THE TEAMS. "We're two weeks into the deal, and there's good tracks and there's bad tracks for individual drivers, for organizations, whatever, and it seems like our organization with this car has been really good at Dover and the mile-and-a-halves with higher-banked tracks. We struggled at the flat tracks. But, yeah, it feels like it, because Greg and Carl ran so good at Loudon and that's usually been a bad track for us. So, it feels like it's going better."
THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO TRACKS LEFT WHERE YOU HAVEN'T RUN THE NEW CAR. HOW DO YOU THINK IT WILL WORK OUT? DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE ENOUGH NOTES FROM CHICAGO AND SIMILAR TRACKS? "Yeah, we've raced it everywhere else, Chicago, we've done a lot of testing of tracks like that, so I don't think it's going to be a big deal."
BECAUSE OF THE RACING AND THE TESTING, DO YOU EXPECT WE'LL SEE BETTER RACING HERE AND ATLANTA AND TEXAS AND THE OTHER MILE-AND-A-HALF TRACKS? "Yes. I think it will better than earlier in the year. I think we've learned some stuff about our cars, and we've raced them at all of those tracks. Hopefully, we're smarter than we were six months ago."
AS MORE AND MORE TEAMS AND GOODYEAR GET USED TO THE CAR, DO EXPECT THE RACING WILL GET BETTER AND BETTER? "Yes and no. It'll make it a little bit better with testing, but on the other hand, we can't change anything on the body, and aerodynamically we're stuck with what we have. So, if there's an aero deficiency that we can't pass as good as we used to or get up behind somebody or whatever, we can't fix that. But, certainly, the areas that we are allowed to work on, we're trying to fine-tune to make better, and I think we're improving. Goodyear can also help us a lot with the tire, when they get a little racier or softer tire it seems to make the racing better. Like last week, they probably brought a little softer tire, a little faster tire, and I thought the racing was better. So, hopefully, we can continue down that path."
ON ROUSH FENWAY RACING'S SUCCESS. "Last week we performed really well -- but as a group, Roush Fenway performed really well last week. Carl and Greg ran really good at New Hampshire, too. So that kind of gives up hope, I guess, for the rest of the races this year. We'll take it one week at a time, and hopefully we'll keep our performance where it's been."
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