BUSCH: Chicagoland: Kenseth post race interview

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Arby's Ford Fusion (finished 2nd) "I thought it was a good race, there wasn't a lot of wrecks. It was a lot of green-flag racing, so I thought that made it interesting. We were really good on the long run most of the day....

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Arby's Ford Fusion (finished 2nd)

"I thought it was a good race, there wasn't a lot of wrecks. It was a lot of green-flag racing, so I thought that made it interesting. We were really good on the long run most of the day. We were not very good at all on a short run; we were usually too loose. And, we were kind of hanging in the top-three or -four there. I think the 5 car kind of had the car won, and when they pitted it kind of opened the door to Kevin, Burton and myself. Kevin just beat us out of the pits, got some track position, plus he had a real fast car. I was almost able to run him down at the end, but when I got there I just got too tight. Just adjusted a teeny bit too much for that last run, and the car just got a little too tight. And when I got to him, it just made it tighter and I couldn't get a run on him."

YOU MENTIONED THAT YOUR CAR GOT TIGHTER WHEN YOU GOT CLOSER TO THE 21. WAS THAT A MATTER OF HIM HAVING CLEAN AIR AND YOU NOT, AND IT WAS AN AERO-PUSH MATTER, OR DID YOU JUST ADJUST YOUR CAR WRONG?

"Well, a little bit of both, but when I had cleaner air I was able to run him down two-, three-, four-tenths a lap sometimes. We made up a big gap in a hurry. When I got there, it just made the car a lot tighter. I feel pretty confident that if we were in clean air we probably could've gotten away a little bit, as good as our car was and as fast as we ran him down, but I just got there and I was just a little on the tight side anyway, and then getting in the dirty air it just got a lot tighter. I tried some different grooves, but I just couldn't make anything work to get a run at him."

WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR THERE TO BE A REPEAT WINNER HERE?

"We've only raced here seven times, so it's not that long, really, I don't think. What was the Texas streak? Or is it still a streak? We've only come here seven times and it's only once a year, so I really don't find that surprising. Every year the Busch Series changes a lot. There's guys that come and go, like Martin doesn't run anymore, Dale Jr. and a lot of them guys. It just changes."

-credit: ford racing

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