MATT KENSETH -17-Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) "We had decent car all night. We didn't qualify very well. We got a flat tire real early, lap 20 or 30, so we had to burn up a set of tires early, so we had to stay out...
MATT KENSETH -17-Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"We had decent car all night. We didn't qualify very well. We got a flat tire real early, lap 20 or 30, so we had to burn up a set of tires early, so we had to stay out when the leaders pitted and got us good track position. I think I only fell back to second on our old tires. I got even with the leaders and ran OK. We weren't as great on out last set of tires; we were just a little too tight. We were real strong on short runs, but we weren't very good for the super-long runs. On real old tires we seemed to be better than anybody, but for the first 80 or 90 laps we couldn't quite run with them. We just don't get enough green-flag racing here to matter that you're good on long runs. Our car was good late on tires and we were able to make a little charge there at the end and at least put a little pressure on him."
"I don't know if we could have beat him or not anyway, but we made up a lot of ground on that last lap because going into one I was probably five or six carlengths behind or more and almost got under him off of four. For some odd reason our car was really strong on restarts and I knew if I didn't spin the tires that we were at least going to put some pressure on him and get our nose in there anyway and make a race out of it. I did exactly what I needed not to do and spun the tires and couldn't get rolling. On the restart before that he spun the tires and got a real bad restart, and on this one he saw me starting to roll a little bit and he slowed up a little bit to break my momentum, and when I had to get back on the gas to go I just spun my tires."
"Probably a combination of both. It seemed like earlier tonight, even when we stayed out on them old tires and when we ran longer, it seemed like our car wouldn't fall off as much as everybody else's. It didn't seem to start off as fast, people could be all over me, but at the end of a run it seemed like our car wouldn't drop off quite as bad. In the middle of the run there, the 81 took off, and the 21, I couldn't keep up and the 5 passed me, and then later after everybody's tires got more wore out and older I was able to get the 5 back and the 21 back on that restart and get closed up on the 81 a little bit. Overall, on average, he had a better car than we did all night. But, it seemed like on the end of the run that their car would get worse than ours."