Atlanta: Kenseth post race interview

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd) "It was good. We ran pretty decent all day. There were times where we were good enough, I thought, to run with anybody and then there were times when we couldn't touch the top 10. We ...

MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 3rd)

"It was good. We ran pretty decent all day. There were times where we were good enough, I thought, to run with anybody and then there were times when we couldn't touch the top 10. We didn't have it right the last couple of runs. We were just too tight to run with Tony and Jimmie, but, overall, it was a good day. We had a great day in the pits. That's really what got us where we are or else we probably would have finished sixth or seventh, but those guys did a great job and we got another good finish out of it."

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF MONTOYA'S PERFORMANCE TODAY?

"When I was running fifth or whatever and he blew my doors off and he was running the high side what I said was, 'He's gonna win the race if he doesn't hit the wall.' You hit the wall, didn't you? (Looking at Montoya, who shook his head up and down). I thought he was going to (win) because he was flying up there. Over the years, at least for me, it seems like I run just a little lower. Like Carl, when he came here the first time, he won the race and he was running way up there. He was higher than anybody I saw on the track and he was really making it work. He had a very unique entry into three and, obviously, you don't need me to tell you that he's a great driver and if they can give him a car that can contend, he's gonna contend."

DO THE FORDS NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE TO GET UP AND RUN WITH THE CHEVY'S?

"I don't look at it like that. Since they came up with common templates and chassis dyno the cars and do all this stuff, I think one manufacturer having an advantage over the other is a little bit overplayed. I don't look at it that way. I look at it as like we've got to make our program better. Obviously, the 48 and 24 have been really strong this year. They've been strong at every track. Tony is always strong everywhere they go, so I more look at the teams that are beating us and try to figure out how to make our stuff run better. I don't really look at it as a manufacturer thing. I think they've got all the makes so close to the same that it's not really the difference between winning and losing."

-credit: ford racing

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