KENSETH WINS FIRST RACE OF 2005 Matt Kenseth posted the 10th of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career with today's triumph and first at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth's last points win came a year ago at Las Vegas (56 races ago). He also won...
KENSETH WINS FIRST RACE OF 2005
Matt Kenseth posted the 10th of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career with today's triumph and first at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kenseth's last points win came a year ago at Las Vegas (56 races ago). He also won the Nextel All-Star Challenge non-points event at Charlotte in '04.
Kenseth is the fourth different Roush Racing driver to win a Cup race this season, joining Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.
Today's win is the 10th of the season for Ford, which equals last season's total.
Ford has 564 all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series wins.
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Taurus - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - "It means a lot. This base group has been together for a long time and they do an awesome job every week. Our performance has been better and you knew we had a fast car when we're on the pole and for me to qualify as fast. Our DeWalt Ford was awesome all day. I'm just so thankful to have the opportunity to drive these race cars. It's a lot of fun."
YOU NEVER SEEMED CONCERNED. "No, we were pretty fast. We were a little free, which made us real fast on a short run. I was a little scared if we had like a 150-lap run that we were gonna be too loose, but it was a 70-lap run and they couldn't run with us. We were pretty stout, so it feels great. I've got thank all of my sponsors. I'm gonna forget most of them because it's been so long, but mainly DeWalt, they've been with us forever, and Ford. Carhartt, Waste Management, Trex, USG, Kraft singles and Gillette Young Guns."
JUST 11 POINTS OUT OF 10TH PLACE. "I thought we were out of it and we had a great run last week. I felt like performancewise we won the race last week, we just came up short on fuel, but I had a great car. That really put us back in it and tonight leading all the laps and winning, of course, I knew that was gonna get us closer, but there are still a couple of races to go. We'll see what we can do. We're a lot closer. I see some of those guys had trouble and if we can run like we did at Michigan at California next week I think we'll be right there."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 16th) - "We had a real good car and we did what we needed to do. Even with the pit stop, we're all a team and we're all in this together. That's all we needed to do. Sure, it would have been nice to finish up in the top 10 where we belonged and really where we ran all night, but we just had one little slip-up and it didn't cost us that much. We got done what we needed to get done."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Finished 24th) - "The Office Depot car doesn't look like much, but at least we made it to the end. Congratulations to Matt Kenseth. That was wild. What happened was we had a broken right-front shock from lap 50 or something and it was all I could do to get it in the corner. It was real bad into the corner. I was following the 43 car, Jeff Green. We were doing great. Everything was going really well and we went into the corner and he just stopped and I punted him and spun it out. It was my fault and he was real upset about it. That was one event. Then I got back out there and we were running and I went to pass Kyle Petty on the outside and he just drilled me into the wall. It just destroyed our car. I thought he did it on purpose because I was far enough up next to him. Then we were running together later and he was running around me and sticking his nose in and I thought he was gonna try to wreck me, so I ended up bumping him. After the race he came down to tell me that, 'Hey, it was just an accident. I didn't mean to do it.' That's how crazy it is. You can think somebody is so angry at you. Sometimes maybe you need a radio frequency where the drivers can talk, but I feel bad about Jeff Green. That was terrible, but it was still a good night for us."
A GOOD POINTS NIGHT. "Yeah, but we need to be a lot better than that here. It's exciting. I had a good time. I have so much respect for Kyle Petty and Jeff Green. They're awesome. I'm glad we worked that out and they're not mad. That was really worrying me. Number one my broke car, but number two having Kyle Petty mad at you means you're a pretty bad guy, so that's cool. We're alright."
TODD PARROTT, Crew Chief - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Sadler finished 13th) - WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END? "The right-front fender got knocked in on that last caution. We got into the 92 car and I guess the car got tight or something. We got stuck on the outside and a few cars got by, but it's not that bad. I'm sitting here looking at points and we're only 34 points out of 10th and we've got two races left. It ain't over yet. The fat lady hasn't sung yet."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 4th) - "The guys did a great job in the pits. Fatback McSwain, the Wood Brothers and the Motorcraft Taurus was good all night. We just sort of tried to stay out of trouble. We've wrecked out of this race like the last three times. It's usually been a good race track for us and we were lucky we got a good qualifying spot and just tried to keep our nose clean all night. It worked out pretty good. The last set of tires, when I needed them, we got tight. We needed to hit pit road, but we couldn't afford to hit pit road because you give up track position. Fatback had a looser set of tires at the end, but we just didn't get a chance to put them on. It was just great solid run for everybody tonight."
YOU WERE IN THE TOP 10 ALL NIGHT. "I think that's one reason you look at the car and it's clean. The only mark I got, I don't know what DJ was doing, he got passed and tried to drive to the bottom when there wasn't a hole there and he just ran right into the side of my door."
A SOLID NIGHT. "The stops were great all night. You've got to have track position and the car was really good on long runs. We came up here a couple of weeks ago and tested and Fatback finally found a setup that I really liked. We were here three-quarters of the day and didn't like it and he hit on it right at the end of practice a couple of weeks ago. We knew we had something pretty good, but we just needed to be a little bit freer. We had another set of tires on the last pit stop we were gonna put on, but the way the circumstances all broke down we couldn't afford to hit pit road because we would have given up all that track position. But it was just a great run for the Wood Brothers tonight." THIS TRACK SEEMS TO SUIT YOU. "It's just a tough old race track. We've run second here three or four times over the years and must have about 25 top fives just no wins. It's just been a good, solid track for us, but lately the last three or four races we've wrecked out of this thing playing a smart race. But they wreck in front of you and they run over you from behind. It's just a lot of luck involved. You've got to be up front where you're out of the mess all night."