Matt Kenseth, is one of four two-time winners at MIS, with his most recent Michigan victory coming in the 2006 fall race. Kenseth, who ranks fourth in driver points heading into Sunday's race, meet with media members Friday to discuss Fords...
Matt Kenseth, is one of four two-time winners at MIS, with his most recent Michigan victory coming in the 2006 fall race. Kenseth, who ranks fourth in driver points heading into Sunday's race, meet with media members Friday to discuss Fords success at MIS over the years and where the Ford program is at right now, among other topics.
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR PAST SUCCESS HERE? "In the past, this has been one of our better race tracks, but you still have to show up and do the work. You have to have the car and execute. I like coming here though, it is one of the better tracks we run and I enjoy coming here."
IS PART OF THE REASON THE END OF RACES ARE SO CRAZY BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE LEAD LAP THAT DON'T HAVE ANY BUSINESS BEING THERE? "I don't know. It happens because that is what the powers that be want. If you keep putting guys into two-way restarts and have three green-white-checkers and do that over and over, going three or four wide on the last few laps, there is no time for patience. There are a lot of guys on the lead lap lately ^a that is just the way it is these days. We have to figure out the best way to make it work for ourselves."
HOW DID YOU SET A TONE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER SO THAT GUYS DIDN'T COME AFTER YOU? "I can't even remember when I was Joey's age. Every situation is different. Most of the time, if you try to respect people and race people the way you like to be raced, you will get that respect back. Throughout a career you will have people that you just rub the wrong way or vice versa, but you just have to try to get it worked out in your own way. I think everybody handles it their own way and everyone does it a little bit differently."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE NEW ENGINE AND WHAT YOU HAVE NOTICED FROM IT SO FAR? "Hopefully we are getting better. I haven't had a very good day today myself. My teammates seem to be running okay though. I don't really have any warm and fuzzy answers for you right now because we were so bad in the car today. We have some work to do for this weekend to get competitive. Hopefully it will stop raining so that we can get a couple hours of practice in tomorrow to get things figured out."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR SON ROSS FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS? "Yeah, Ross is doing really well. It is his first year moving up. He won a couple of races lately and it has been a lot of fun to own that team. I really enjoy having the cars for Ross to race and he has been doing really good. He has been getting really good grades and behaving well and loves racing. It has been fun to watch him learn and have success."
HOW IS THE SPOILER AFFECTING YOUR PROGRAM, AND DO YOU THINK IT HAS HAD ANY IMPACT ON THE SIMULATION PROBLEMS JACK TALKED ABOUT THIS WEEK? "I don't know. I haven't noticed a big change between the spoiler and the wing. We started the year pretty strong. I don't know if it has changed our team. I think it has changed racing and track position, but it hasn't been a huge change. NASCAR tried to match everything up and they were wise to do that. I can't tell a huge difference though."
HOW BIG IS THE GAP BETWEEN FORD AND THE REST AS FAR AS TRYING TO CATCH UP? "I think it depends on the day. I hate when we say it is a Ford thing because most of Fords eggs are in one basket with Roush and RPM as one big group sharing. We seem to be a ways off more times than not. You do want to pass all those guys, but right now I would be happy if we were the same and able to race them like that. There have been times in the past where we stumbled on things first and were able to parlay that into wins. There have been times where we got ahead, but it is much more difficult now."
COULD YOU EVER PICTURE YOURSELF HAVING A TOM LOGANO MOMENT IF ROSS WERE IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT? "Absolutely not. I think that is a hard thing. As a Dad you want to be involved as much as you can. With Ross being a minor it is a little different, but once you are 18 and an adult, if you are out there racing with adults you have to be able to take care of your own situations and your own problems. A few weeks ago Ross made a mistake and got into a guy. I guess I could have called and smoothed things over, but I had Ross do it. He talked to the guy and apologized for it and tried to work through it. That is part of growing up."
-source: ford racing