Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, held his weekly Q&A session at Martinsville Speedway Saturday morning to discuss this weekend's race. YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE RACE? "It's always been one of those tracks I seem...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, held his weekly Q&A session at Martinsville Speedway Saturday morning to discuss this weekend's race.
YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE RACE? "It's always been one of those tracks I seem to struggle at, so I don't know, we haven't been on the track yet. Yesterday was probably the best Friday we've ever had at Martinsville. We qualified 11th because of the rain, so I'm pretty excited about that. We'll see what our car handles like today. There have been times where we ran OK here, and there have been times I've let the place get the best of me, so, hopefully, we're gonna have a good run tomorrow."
WILL NOT HAVING PRACTICE YESTERDAY BE A FACTOR AS FAR AS ESTABLISHING A RHYTHM AT THIS TRACK? "I don't think yesterday's practices being cancelled is really gonna affect anything. We'll get almost a couple of hours of practice today and it doesn't seem like it really takes that long. The trucks have put some rubber on the track this morning. I think that's the main thing is to get the track conditions -- with some rubber down -- and get it where it will be somewhat like it will be tomorrow, so with that happening, I don't think it makes that much of a difference."
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THIS TRACK MENTALLY? "It's not really much different, if any. I try to approach every track the same and try to think about it, work on it, try to figure it out the same. Obviously, this track -- for me anyway -- takes more patience than any other track I've been at. I guess it's not really the track, but it can aggravate you. There are so many cars around here and you're always in traffic and it's one of those tracks that it seems like you get run into a lot and you probably run into some people at times, too, which I don't really like being run into and I don't like running into other people, so it's one of those tracks that's hard to pass at, especially if your car is not exactly perfect as far as getting underneath people off the corner. It's one of those that can definitely try your patience and you need to try to be calm as long as you can for me anyway."
EARLIER YOU SAID ROUSH'S SHORT TRACK PROGRAM WAS BEHIND. HAVE YOU MADE GAINS? "Well, that right there shows you what I know. I said I thought their short and flat track stuff wasn't very good and Greg won Loudon and I think Carl ran third, so I guess I had no idea what I was talking about. It was just us, I guess, so we didn't run very good at New Hampshire. I don't know how we'll run here, that's yet to be seen. But it seems like they must have got the stuff better because in New Hampshire the first time out, I don't think any of us ran very good and, like I said, those two ran first and third."
WHAT IS IT LIKE ON PIT ROAD HERE? "You're going pretty slow on the track. I think this is the slowest track we have and it's the slowest pit road we have as well, so it's probably easy to speed on pit road because you're going so slow, so if you're not paying attention at all, you can speed real easy. The stalls are really small and since the lucky dog came around, and with all the cautions out there, there are still a lot of cars on the lead lap, whereas you used to have races here where you wouldn't have a lot of cars on the lead lap. But with the lucky dog and the amount of cautions, and giving them back every caution, you could give back 15 or 20 laps during the day, so that usually keeps pit road fairly crowded. The main thing there is if you're pitting around two people that you're racing with all the time -- in between them -- it makes it very, very difficult."
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