Watkins Glen: Kenseth - Ford Friday interview

Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 107 points going into Sunday's AMD at the Glen. Kenseth spoke about the second road course event of the season after Friday's practice session. MATT...

Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 107 points going into Sunday's AMD at the Glen. Kenseth spoke about the second road course event of the season after Friday's practice session.

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion

DO YOU APPROACH THIS PLACE ANY DIFFERENT WITH EVERYTHING THAT'S ON THE LINE? "You approach it different because it's a road course, but you don't approach it any different - I don't think - because of where it is in the season or where you are in points or any of that kind of stuff. It's always a challenge for me to come to these road courses. It's a lot different than any other kind of racing that we've ever done and it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to try to do decent here, so I just go here and try to work as hard as I can at it."

YOU HAVE SOME CUSHION IN THE POINTS, SO CAN YOU TAKE MORE CHANCES IF YOU WANT? "I don't think so. I've never really seen that work for anybody in the past. I think that you go and approach every race the same, put in 100 percent effort each race and try to get the best finish you can. I don't really approach that different than any other race."

IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE THE ROAD COURSES WHERE THEY ARE ON THE SCHEDULE? "It doesn't matter. Every race from Daytona all the way to Richmond pays the same amount of points and is equally important. The perception is more important because you're getting closer, but if you think about it, it's really not. It pays the same points if it was in April or if it was in July. It just doesn't make any difference, so I think every race, I think, is equally important to try and make the chase and then to try and get a shot at the championship."

DO YOU WORRY ABOUT THE ROAD COURSE ACES THAT COMPETE IN THIS RACE? "No. You just approach all the cars the same and try to do the best you can compared to the competition. When they bring those guys in here they always do really well, but yet the 20 and the 24 and the 6, when they can get their stuff right, those are the guys still to beat on the road courses. The road course guys come in and do really well, but especially the 20 and the 24 - most of the time - are still the guys you've got to beat."

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFINEON AND WATKINS GLEN? "It's kind of like Watkins Glen reminds me of Michigan and Sears Point reminds me of Martinsville. Watkins Glen has more momentum, it's faster and there's more banking. It drives more like a speedway. Sears Point drives more like a short track."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson