Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray all held Q&A sessions after Friday's practice session at Darlington, where they discussed a variety of topics. MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THIS DALE...
Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray all held Q&A sessions after Friday's practice session at Darlington, where they discussed a variety of topics.
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THIS DALE JR. STUFF? "I honestly didn't watch any of it yesterday. I talked to Dale Jr. a little about it, although he hasn't really told me totally what's going on. I'm proud of him. I think if his dad was still alive and he couldn't provide him with the stuff that he thought he needed to win a championship, he'd do the same thing and I think his dad would give him his blessing. Dale Jr. is Dale Jr. He's really talented. He's really good. He's got a big name, so you know that he's always gonna be able to get a ride, but he's 32 or 33 years old and it's time for him. If he doesn't feel like he's in the best equipment, he needs to go find the best equipment and go out there and try to win championships and do those things. He's close to my age and we're not old by any means, but yet in this sport today, he's 10 years older than the youngest guys. It's time and I think it's a good decision. I think it's time to go see if there's better stuff out there and a better opportunity to win one."
DO YOU SEE ANY LIKELY LANDING SPOT FOR HIM? "I haven't really paid much attention. I'm sure it wouldn't be that hard to figure out if we really sat and thought about it, but I really, honestly have no idea. If he did tell me, I wouldn't tell you anyway, but he didn't and I really have no idea."
WERE YOU SURPRISED THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO GET SOMETHING WORKED OUT? "No, not at all. I was actually surprised the last time that they did work it out. The last time they did a three-year deal two-and-a-half years ago I was honestly surprised. I really thought he maybe would have tried something else, but I know he's put 100 percent into making it work there. He's got a lot of family and friends there that work on the team. He's given it everything he's got and he's raced there for 10 or 11 years or whatever it is and has done a lot of great things there. I think it's cool that if he wants to go do something different he does it, and he doesn't stay there if he's not happy doing it."
WILL THIS CHANGE THE SALARY STRUCTURE? "I have no idea."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THAT? "Is there a structure? Is there something I don't know about? I don't know what the structure is. I don't know what everybody else's deal is. I have no idea."
HOW WAS YOUR CAR IN PRACTICE? "To be honest with you, my car drove way better than I thought it would drive here. I haven't been a huge fan of these cars because they've been a struggle for me. I don't think they drove very good at the tracks we've been to so far, but here, to me, it drove surprisingly good. I don't think we're near as good as we need to be to run for a win or anything like that, but just as far as the car and controlling it and how it felt, I thought it drove surprisingly good. There are gonna be a lot of guys that are gonna flat side the cars because it does not have a ton of grip, but, like I said, surprisingly to me, they drove pretty good here."
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