Ford Racing press release
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion, is seventh in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after a sixth-place finish last weekend in New Hampshire. Kenseth visited the infield media center at Dover this morning to talk about this weekend’s race and how wife Katie is doing after her midweek practice accident at Charlotte Motor Speedway while preparing for a charity event.
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT COMING TO DOVER AND MAKING A STATEMENT HERE? “I always love coming to Dover. It’s always been my favorite track. It’s been a track that I really enjoy the challenge of it and I made my first Cup start here a long time ago now, so it’s one I always look forward to. Lately, we’ve been able to do pretty well here. I guess that doesn’t mean a lot for this weekend necessarily, but it has been a good track for us and one I always look forward to."
HOW IS KATIE DOING? YOU SAID YOU BLAMED YOURSELF THE OTHER DAY. ARE YOU OVER THAT NOW? “Well, I just blame myself for putting her in the car to start with, but, yeah, she’s doing pretty well. She’s about the same. She’s really sore, but getting a little bit better. I’m trying to help as much as I can, but I think it’s hard for her to heal up with two kids and one arm and keep moving, so I think it will be a while but I think she was feeling pretty good yesterday. She’s probably a little bit more sore today."
WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF JIMMIE JOHNSON’S SITUATION RIGHT NOW BEING 10TH IN POINTS? SOME SAY HE’S OUT OF IT AND SOME SAY YOU CAN’T COUNT HIM OUT. WHERE DO YOU STAND? “I haven’t really thought about it. I didn’t know he was in a situation. He’s not much worse than me (in the standings). I think he’s been back there before. There are eight races to go, which is a ton of races. We’ll just have to see how he does the rest of the time. I haven’t really thought about it. I’ve had my own problems to think about how we’re gonna do and climb back up there after Chicago. I’ve just really been thinking about our race team and haven’t really looked at the standings and the numbers to see where everybody is because I don’t really care. I’m just working on trying to get us running good and finishing the best we can every week."
WITH WHAT THEY’VE ACCOMPLISHED WOULD YOU EVER COUNT THEM OUT? “No. I’ve said it for about six or seven years straight now that I think they’re the favorites and they’re the guys until somebody can knock them off and prove otherwise."
JIMMIE IS 29 BACK AND YOU ARE 26. HOW FAR BACK CAN YOU BE AND STILL CLIMB BACK INTO IT? IS THAT A HUGE HOLE OR IS EVERYBODY STILL IN THIS THING? “I don’t know about everybody, but him being only three points behind me, I hope he’s still in it because if you’re saying he’s out that means we probably are too, but there are still eight races to go. That’s a ton of races. The only way you know whether you can come out of that hole or not depends on how you do and also how everybody else does as well. Even if you win every race and the other guy who is leading finishes second every race, you can’t come out of it, so it depends on how everybody else does, it depends on how you do, obviously, and eight races is a lot of races. I know we have to talk about it every week, but it’s a lot of races. I suspect after this weekend you’ll probably be able to pick a few people that might be out and every week along the line you’ll probably be able to do that, but until you’re mathematically out, I still think you’re basically in it. I don’t spend a lot of time studying the points because the system has always been pretty easy to figure out. The higher you finish, the more points you get and you just go out and race hard and finish as high as you can every week. You can’t control what anybody else does. All you can do is control what you and your race team does and you just put forth the best effort you can every week, get the best finishes you can and hope at the end of the day that you’re up in there and have more points than the rest of them.”