MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd) "It was pretty good. We weren't quite as good as the best couple of cars. We were real slow on a short run, but for the long run we were pretty good. I thought we were a top-four...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)
"It was pretty good. We weren't quite as good as the best couple of cars. We were real slow on a short run, but for the long run we were pretty good. I thought we were a top-four or five car, so we just thought we'd try two tires at the end and see if we could get rolling quicker, but it really didn't. It was just too slow on the start, but after about 10 laps we were pretty competitive."
DID YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS YOU COULD WIN BY TAKING TWO TIRES OR WERE YOU JUST TAKING THEM TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED?
"Both. You hope to win. That's why we made the call was to try to win. We thought getting four, we were running fourth and our pit stops are getting better, but they haven't really been the best, so we thought the best we were gonna come out is fourth if we got four tires, and, really, the thinking of getting two tires too is that with all the cars on the lead lap, I would have thought there would have been some more guys that took two and we would have come out with the lead and got a few of those guys that took two in between me and the 21 and Carl and those guys. Then you have a shot when that happens. You get 35 laps to go and if you mix up some guys with two tires and four tires, generally you have some cautions and some short runs and you've got a chance. When I saw the 21 and the 33 and the 60 and all of those guys come out right behind us on four tires, I figured it was gonna be pretty tough to pull it off."
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