MATT KENSETH-17-Bayer Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) IT SEEMED LIKE YOU NEED A FIVE-CAR DRAFT TO MAKE A MOVE, BUT NOBODY LINED UP. "A lot of people don't want to take the risk to do it. You can pass the leader if you have the right people behind...
MATT KENSETH-17-Bayer Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
IT SEEMED LIKE YOU NEED A FIVE-CAR DRAFT TO MAKE A MOVE, BUT NOBODY LINED UP. "A lot of people don't want to take the risk to do it. You can pass the leader if you have the right people behind you, but at the end of the race there, the last 20 laps, I wasn't going to try to drive outsize Dale Jr. and have everybody behind me turn left and follow him and lose 15 spots. I was stupid enough on Thursday; I wasn't going to do that again. Everybody tries to stay up front. If you think you have a top-five car, you want to win and if you get a big push you'll make a move on somebody. But, if you're flat on the floor, behind the guy in front of you, there's not a lot you can do and your best bet is to hang out and get the best finish you can. It all depends on the draft. If he's a single car and he goes up the track and you get just the right run and turn under him and everybody behind you goes with you and they're close to you where they can posh you right away then you can pass them. It's difficult to get everybody lined up on the same page to get the perfect run that you needed. Some people are better at it than others, and I must not be that great at it because I could never get a run on the 8."
TALK ABOUT THE MECHANICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A BUSCH AND WINSTON CUP CAR. "Daytona is different from the rest of the tracks because here they mandated the springs that we run in Winston Cup and the Busch Series. The cars drove a fair amount different because of that. My car doesn't drive much like my Cup car does for some reason. Winston Cup cars are easier to drive for some reason. They drive down the road like a Lincoln. These drive a lot better since they changed the rear shock rule, but they still don't drive quite as good. They're a little twitchier I think."
AT WHAT POINT DID YOU DECIDE TO STAY IN LINE AND NOT TRY TO MAKE THE PASS AROUND THE NO. 8 CAR? "I didn't necessarily decide that on purpose. The problem with passing the leader is that I was wide open. If I would have the gas, I wouldn't have caught back up to him and get a run by myself. I was just flat on the floor was a car length and a half behind him; that was all I could do. It wasn't a matter of giving up and saying, 'I want to run second today.' If you can't pass him and you don't have a good enough run and you know you're not going to pull up alongside of him, there's no reason to pull out of line. There's times when you're running as fast as you can and unless he messes up and gets out of the groove or somebody faster comes up behind you and gives you a big push to get a run on him, a lot of times it's tough to do that."