MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Finished 3rd) "All these guys on the Smirnoff Ice team did a great job. We started way in the back because we qualified bad and didn't get a lot of cautions to work on it. We made the right...
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Tools Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"All these guys on the Smirnoff Ice team did a great job. We started way in the back because we qualified bad and didn't get a lot of cautions to work on it. We made the right adjustments finally at the end. We lost the handle in the middle of the race real bad. We lost the handle when the sun went down and the guys were able to get their heads together and make some good adjustments and got it real competitive at the end."
HOW WAS THE NIGHT?
"When the sun was out we ran really great. We had a little miscue in the pits and lost a lap, but we were able to overcome that and get our position back. We had great pit stops all night, but as soon as the sun went down we just lost the handle and we ran really bad. The guys put their heads together and made some great adjustments and I got real competitive the last couple of runs."
WHAT ABOUT THAT LAST DASH? DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU FINISHED?
"I know where I finished (laughing). You know how it is, you're not supposed to race back. I know exactly where I was, I was third. Michael was up on the 42 a little bit, which he should on the last lap racing hard. I could have gotten a run on Michael and maybe got by him, too, but we were gonna be three-wide and that would have put him in a bad position off of turn two, so I kind of just waited an extra second to get in the gas. I was able to carry my momentum past Jamie, but it was real close down there. It was exciting enough. I didn't need to quite be in there. I feel like if we would have made it to the finish line we maybe would have gotten one more spot, but, overall, it was a great run."
WHAT ABOUT JIMMIE JOHNSON.
"We were so far behind that I never got to race with him honestly. He had a great car. Congratulations to those guys. They've done it two years in a row. That's a tough feat to do here at Lowe's, so that's pretty cool for those guys."
A GOOD POINTS NIGHT.
"Yeah, we had a great car in the beginning of the race and at the end of the race, but in the middle section we just lost the handle and got ourselves way behind. So, overall, it was pretty good."