Matt Kenseth, currently ninth in the Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, has three top-10 efforts on his Watkins Glen resume heading into Sunday's Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Kenseth took time to talk with media about road ...
Matt Kenseth, currently ninth in the Sprint Cup Series driver point standings, has three top-10 efforts on his Watkins Glen resume heading into Sunday's Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Kenseth took time to talk with media about road racing at The Glen, the improved safety at the track and his hopes next week in Michigan.
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CHANGES TO THE TRACK SINCE LAST YEAR? HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THEM? "I haven't heard about them but I saw them all today."
WITH RESPECT TO SAFETY, HOW DO YOU THINK THE CHANGES WILL AFFECT YOU GUYS OUT THERE? "Well, when you are racing you don't really think about the safety of the track. It is the last thing you really thing about. I did notice that they paved a lot of the run-off areas that were gravel which will be good as far as not causing cautions. I don't think cars will get stuck in there like they used to. We could have someone wreck to cause caution, but they won't get stuck like they used to. The SAFER barriers that they put out are good because there have been some bad accidents out there before."
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN REGARD TO DOUBLE FILE RESTARTS THIS WEEKEND? "This track does have more room than Sonoma and is more forgiving. Double file restarts at road courses aren't a lot of fun for the drivers, but they are fun to watch for everyone else. In turn one there is a lot of room to get through there, but you have to get closer to single file as you get through the esses."
IS THERE A PART OF THIS TRACK THAT YOU REALLY DON'T LIKE OR IS HARD FOR YOU? "No, I really like this track, especially compared to Sonoma. It is faster and there is more room to get around. There are parts we do better at than others here, but overall I really like this track."
RUMORS ARE CIRCULATING ABOUT SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR NEXT YEAR AND WE KNOW ATLANTA IS DOWN TO ONE RACE FOR SURE, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SCHEDULE CHANGES? "I don't know what all the changes are, other than Atlanta announcing they are only having one race. It is too bad because I love going there, but on the other hand you look up and it is one of the smallest crowds we have all year. If people don't go to the track then we have to go to the tracks where people go, that just makes business sense for the track owners. It is one of the best tracks we race on. It is one of the most fun and one that the drivers really like, similar to how Rockingham was and probably Darlington before they paved it. It is a really fun track and you will miss racing on it, but I am glad we are still going to be there once."
ARE YOU AWARE WHO IS AROUND YOU ON A TRACK LIKE THIS OR IF TWO CARS THAT HAVE HAD ISSUES, FOR EXAMPLE THE 48 AND 2, ARE YOU AWARE WHEN THEY ARE AROUND EACH OTHER AND YOU ARE AROUND THEM? "No, not really, especially here where you are just trying to hit your points the best you can, hit your braking zones and get through the corners as fast as you can. If somebody is pressuring then you will watch to see if you are getting out-braked, but you don't really pay attention to what other people have going on too much."
LOOKING AHEAD TO MICHIGAN, ARE YOU BRINGING THE SAME SETUP THE SECOND TIME THAT YOU DID THE FIRST TIME? "Hey, did you know that Fiesta is pacing the field at Michigan? As far as our car goes, I hope not, we haven't run very well there the last two or three races. It used to be one of our best places, but Kasey ran well there last time. I think all of us as an organization looked at their stuff to try to get our stuff better."
HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO JACK? "I talked to him a couple of times. I talked to him last Sunday and it sounded like he was in really good spirits and looking forward to getting back to the track."
-source: ford racing