Kenseth - Richmond II Friday media visit

Ford Racing press release

Matt Kenseth is one of two Ford drivers to have already clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kenseth took time with media members Friday at Richmond International Raceway prior to practice.

Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Photo by: Ashley Dickerson, ASP Inc.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JEFF GORDON’S 85TH WIN AND TAKING SOLE POSSESSION OF THIRD PLACE? “Yeah, I guess you kind of knew it was inevitable. He is one of the sport’s greatest, certainly in our era. I think Jeff has done a ton for this sport and a ton for younger drivers. Even when I came in, I guess I was kinda younger and I still remember watching him come into the sport. It was a time when nobody was giving young drivers like him a chance to get to the Cup level and he paved the way for owners to take chances on younger drivers. He has done a lot for the sport and I still think he is the face of our sport right now. It was cool to see him get that win.”

DO YOU THINK ANYONE WILL EVER CATCH HIM OR CHALLENGE HIM FOR THIRD? “I have no idea. I don’t know where anybody else is on the win list. I know I probably won’t.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE ADDITION OF THE WILD CARD? “I like it. I think it has been exciting. When they originally did the Chase there were only 10 drivers that made it anyway and I think 10 is plenty. To make the last two spots, 11th and 12th, it feels to me like a bonus. To have those guys race for it through a wild card format was a good idea. It seems to have spiced things up a little bit.”

HOW AWARE ARE YOU GOING TO BE WITH RESPECT TO WILD CARD GUYS AND WHERE THEY ARE ON THE TRACK. WILL YOU GIVE UP A SPOT TO A GUY TO MAYBE HELP HIM GET IN THE CHASE? “No, I don’t think it will matter. Everybody has the same right to be out there and racing for wins and not everybody is racing for the win, but every race guys are racing hard, whether it is for a job or a sponsor or to move up in the points or position for a higher spot in the points. I think you race the same as every other week and try to give people room and respect every week but at the same time race them as hard as you can to get the best finish you can. I don’t think that will ever really change.”

WILL YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE SPOTS TO SEE HOW THEY PLAY OUT? “After it is over I will look at it. I don’t think when you are racing you pay much attention unless you are running the last five laps and there is a big straightaway and not much to do you might look up at the board to see if one of the wild card guys are winning. There are a lot of scenarios that I don’t know, so I don’t think I will think about it much until it is over.”

IN REGARD TO THE BOOKS YOU GUYS COMPILE WITH INFORMATION ON EACH TRACK, IS IT IN THE FORM OF AN ACTUAL NOTEBOOK AND HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THAT? “You are asking the wrong guy. Jimmy and the engineers and those guys keep pretty detailed notes. I don’t keep any notes. I look at their notes every week and I give them information after the races to build their notebook. They do all of that. I go through it with them but they do that. I don’t keep notes for every track anymore.”

THEY BRIEF YOU THEN AT THE START OF EACH WEEK? “Yeah, usually on Monday we will go through the previous race and look forward to the next couple of races.”

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO BEING IN A BIG TEAM AND TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU SHARE INFORMATION? “Things are a lot different than they used to be with these cars. There is more engineering stuff than there is off the old-school, stuff. There is less of that and more computers and things than ever. Having a big team, there are advantages to it certainly.”

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