Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is in 11th place in the standings heading into tomorrow night's race at Bristol, where the 2003 champion won the August race in 2005 and 2006. Kenseth met with the media after the second ...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is in 11th place in the standings heading into tomorrow night's race at Bristol, where the 2003 champion won the August race in 2005 and 2006. Kenseth met with the media after the second practice session on Friday.
HOW CONSCIOUS ARE YOU EACH WEEK IN REGARDS TO WHERE YOU ARE IN THE CHASE? "Well, the closer you get, probably the more you look at it. I haven't really been that worked up about it, honestly, because we've really been running so bad. I mean, as bad as we ran again today in practice, I can't beat anybody, so I'm not really worried about the Chase tight now. We've got to get more competitive, and get up front and get running where we know we're capable of, and then I'd probably think about it a little bit more."
WHERE DO YOU FEEL WHERE YOU'RE MISSING IT? "Just car performance. I don't know why, if I knew what area it was, like you said, I'd fix it, but our cars just aren't fast. That's our biggest problem. We're not having really other kind of problems here lately, besides our performance. Our over-the-wall guys have been doing a really good job, I think our race strategy has been pretty good, we haven't any dumb-luck or any bad things happen on the track the last month or so, but our car performance has been horrid."
YOU'VE MADE EVERY CHASE, ONE OF TWO DRIVERS TO ACCOMPLISH THAT FEAT. IS THAT A BIG DEAL TO YOU? "Yes and no. You run the best you can every week, and some years and some weeks you've cars that run pretty good and sometimes you don't, and this year has just been the cars haven't run good. Now, we have basically run good enough to probably make the Chase the way the year has gone because the bottom three or four have had a lot of bad finishes and things happen, but our car performance has been so bad at the same time -- for us, lately, a good day has been 14th, you know? That's pretty good for us. That's not near good enough to race with these guys. A good day has got to be a top-five and off-day has got to be eighth or 10th or 12th or 14th."
HAS ROBBIE REISER BEEN ON YOUR PIT BOX THE LAST FEW RACES? "I don't know; I've been on the track, but I think he's been at the race track the last couple of weeks."
A FORMER TEAMMATE OF YOURS, MARK MARTIN, WILL BE MAKING HIS 1,000TH CAREER NASCAR START. "I think it's cool he has all of those starts -- and he'd tell you the same thing, way more important to him -- and the coolest part is how good he's running. Although it's harder to keep a job and make starts these days, there's a lot of guys who probably can keep making those starts, if they wanted to, to be out there making starts, getting paid or doing whatever, but Mark is out there racing for wins and racing for a championship. I think he has the most wins this year at 50 years old, so that's a pretty awesome feat to have all of those starts, and to be this far into his career and still be a winner, it's pretty amazing."
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