Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion has started the season with three straight Top 10 finishes. Kenseth sits fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. "Competition-wise it sounds like the weather is going...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion has started the season with three straight Top 10 finishes. Kenseth sits fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.
"Competition-wise it sounds like the weather is going to be good all weekend so we will make a couple race runs and see where our balance is and work on qualifying."
THE IMPROVEMENT SINCE THE CREW CHIEF CHANGE, IS THERE A SENSE THAT NOW THAT YOU HAVE DONE IT THAT YOU DIDN'T REALIZE WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT WOULD MAKE? "Yeah, we are only a couple weeks in so I am not sure it has really changed the performance aspect very much. The cars had a lot of work done on them over the winter, so hopefully they are better. I think after this race and more so after Bristol you will have a better snapshot of where we are at. I think it has been a really good start for us. Last week, I probably could have done a little bit better, gotten us a little better finish if I wouldn't have gotten behind on that one green flag pit stop, but overall I have been really happy with how the team has been working and how things have been running."
WHEN WILL TODD'S FIRST CAR ARRIVE AT THE TRACK? "He has had a lot to do with the cars the last couple of weeks. The way things are done with this car and at Roush with the way our organization is set up, you don't really build your own cars the way you used to. Certainly he has been working the last couple of weeks to try adding his own little finishing touches to it and make things better."
DO YOU SEE TODD AS AN OLD-SCHOOL CREW CHIEF OR A MIX OF OLD AND SOME OF THE ENGINEERING TOSSED IN? "I don't know yet. He is very up on everything. Probably more so than I expected with not having done a full time crew chief thing last year. He is up on everything we have going on in engineering and body and everything that goes on at Roush. He has a lot of really good ideas and he and Chip seem to be working really well together, and he has a lot of things to add and different ideas which is nice. It gives us a long list of things to look at and try to improve on."
COMING INTO A WEEKEND OFF IS IT MUCH OF A WEEKEND FOR YOU NEXT WEEKEND? "A lot of times you look forward to a weekend off. If you could arrange the schedule the way you want, you would probably put it more in the summer. I am looking forward to it. It has only been four weeks but we can catch our breath and get back to the shop and look at what we have done well and what we need to improve on. We will get a glimpse of what we have going on heading into Bristol and Martinsville, so I am looking forward to it."
-source: ford racing