Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is in third place in the points standings heading into this weekend's Pocono 500. Kenseth has one win, six top-fives and nine top-10s through the first 13 races of the season. He has finished...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is in third place in the points standings heading into this weekend's Pocono 500. Kenseth has one win, six top-fives and nine top-10s through the first 13 races of the season. He has finished 14th or better in each of the last 12 events.
Matt Kenseth -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO THE PENALTIES ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING HANDED DOWN TO KURT BUSCH? "It doesn't really affect me. Obviously, you knew the penalty was going to be fairly big. I think we all have short tempers at times, we all get mad about things at times, but you've really got to police pit road. Those guys are out working on the car and you can't put anyone else in danger, so maybe to come down to try to make that not happen."
ON THE PENALTIES. "That's not for me to decide. It doesn't really matter to me."
THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF FIRST-TIME WINNERS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. COULD A FIRST-TIME WINNER WIN HERE? "Well, I guess so. We had one last year. This certainly seems like if somebody hits it right here they're able to really run away, and they seem to be able to do that for both races, for some reason. It certainly could happen."
WHAT CHALLENGES DOES THIS TRACK PRESENT? "The main thing is there's three different corner. Each corner is different, each one is unique, the straightaways are very long, and if you mess up at all in the corners, especially on corner exit, you'll pay for it down the straightaways. It's real fast, top speed, but then you've got to really get slowed down for the corners."
YOU HAVEN'T WON HERE. WHEN YOU COME TO A TRACK WHERE YOU HAVEN'T WON, DO YOU CHANGE THINGS UP AT ALL? "I don't really know what you mean by changing things up, but certainly we're always trying different things, we're trying to make our cars better, we're trying to make the setups better, I'm trying to get around here better, and give better information, so we're always trying to do better. Obviously, there's a lot of tracks we haven't won at, but we haven't had great success here lately, so certainly we're always trying to make ourselves better."
WHEN YOU SET UP A CAR HERE, CAN YOU GET AS MANY AS TWO CORNERS, OR DO YOU PICK ONE AND HOPE FOR THE BEST ON THE OTHER TWO? "Everybody's always talking about that, but I really think now, especially with not shifting, I think that the guy who wins the race has all three corners pretty darn close."
ON HIS SEASON TO DATE. "Every season has its own challenges. This year's a little different, running both cars is probably the biggest challenge. But every year you're in a different position. This year, so far, we've had a great start points-wise, and we're in really good position, but certainly we've got to be able to keep that up and get our stuff running a little bit better for the end of the year."
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