Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. He followed up his teleconference on Wednesday with another media availability session Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway to discuss this ...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. He followed up his teleconference on Wednesday with another media availability session Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway to discuss this weekend's race.
WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK ON MAKING THE CHASE? "We've got to beat all the guys we're around to get in. There are about five or six guys that are really close in the points and whoever outperforms the rest of them will make it in, so we've just got to go out and run as hard as we can and hope our results will be good enough."
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR RESULTS WILL BE AT THESE TWO PLACES? "I honestly have no idea. I don't really know. I feel like our stuff has been running better lately, like we've been gaining a little bit of momentum and have been a little more competitive and we've been doing a good job on pit road and all the things we need to do, but you just never know. You've just got to come and race for 500 miles and get the best you can out of it."
IS THERE MORE STRESS SINCE YOU'VE MADE EVERY CHASE SO FAR? "You maybe think about it a little bit more when you're not in the race car, but I don't know if there's necessarily more stress. You have 26 weeks to try to make the chase and these are just the last two weeks. Each race you have to do the best job you can and put forth the best effort you can and get as many points as you can. Through certain parts of the year we probably haven't capitalized on all the races we could have and got all the points we could have, so we're in this spot and we just have to race as hard as we can and do the things we know how to do and hope that's good enough."
DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE GUYS YOU'RE BATTLING IN THE POINTS ARE ON THE TRACK? "No, not anymore or less than I would any other race. I don't really keep track of what anybody else is doing. The only car that we can control the outcome of and how it runs and how it performs is our own car, so we really just concentrate on that. Certainly, we'll look at it when the race is over and wonder where everybody else finished and how you're stacking up in the points, but during the race, really, you're just trying to race all the cars on the track and get the best finish you can."
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE POINTS-WISE GOING INTO RICHMOND? "You want to be 150 points ahead of the bubble is where you really want to be so you could start at Richmond, but that's probably not realistic, so you want to have as many points ahead of 13th as you possibly can."
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