MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 3rd) HOW WAS YOUR RACE? "It was a decent day for us. We weren't any good on short runs. We were able to start on the pole, but we couldn't run very good for about 10 or 15 laps and ...
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 3rd)
HOW WAS YOUR RACE?
"It was a decent day for us. We weren't any good on short runs. We were able to start on the pole, but we couldn't run very good for about 10 or 15 laps and then after that all day we had a pretty decent car - we didn't adjust on it much. It was real good on a long run and we had track position when we needed it there at the end. So, overall, it was a good day. We handled all right. We for sure weren't as good as the 48 and the 24, and Kevin looked pretty strong most of the day too, but I thought we definitely had a top-five car so I was real happy to come home third."
ANOTHER GOOD POINTS FINISH. CAN YOU KEEP DOING THIS?
"I don't know. I guess that's the four million dollar question. I hope we can keep doing it. All you can do is show up every week and do the best job you can. This week I feel real fortunate to get out of here and gain points. I thought we had a good car all day, but the 24 was really stout all day. I thought it looked like he was either gonna win or run second, but I don't know what happened to him there at the end. All you can do is go and run as hard as you can every week and try to gather as many points as you can and see how it shakes out at the end of the year. We're not doing anything different than we ever did, things are just falling into place more than what maybe they have in the past."
WAS YOUR CAR BETTER AT THE END OR DID CIRCUMSTANCES JUST WORK OUT?
"My car didn't really like two tires that good. When I had four tires and we got a long run, my car would run pretty good. The run before that when I had four tires, I was able to pass a lot of cars and make a lot of gains. When I had two tires earlier in the race, I couldn't do that. My car was pretty consistent on long runs and that's what we had there at the end. On about lap 15 of a run, I'd really start running good and we could run pretty close to the same time as the leader. We weren't as good as the leader, but we could run pretty close to what he could run."
HAVE THEY HIT ON SOMETHING WITH THIS TRACK?
"I think as tight as the corners are and for a flat track with corners this tight, I think it was as good as you can get it. That's my opinion. I don't think you can make a flat track anywhere where you're gonna run up against the wall. We were almost three grooves off the bottom in the middle of the corner, so, in my opinion, that's about as good as you can get it."