Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is the highest-ranking Ford driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, sitting ninth going into this weekend's race. He came into the infield media center to discuss this...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is the highest-ranking Ford driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, sitting ninth going into this weekend's race. He came into the infield media center to discuss this weekend's race.
"I always look forward to coming to Dover. It's kind of always been my favorite track, so it's always a real challenge. It's a very unique track. There's not another track even remotely close to it on the circuit anymore, so I always look forward to coming here. The car has been all right so far today, so I'm looking forward to qualifying and the rest of the weekend."
WHY DO THE ROUSH CARS SEEM TO DO SO WELL HERE? "I don't know, to be honest with you. Mark has always ran really well here ever since I came to Roush Racing. I always remember how good Mark's ran here, and he's helped teach me, I think, a lot about the track and how to get around here and set your car up and that kind of thing. You can't run good without fast cars and it seems like the last few years here, especially, our cars have been pretty fast when we show up here."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE MOMENTUM OF THIS SEASON. WE'VE HAD A LOT OF RAIN AND WEATHER ISSUES. HOW HAS THAT HAD AN EFFECT ON THINGS? "Weather is just part of it. It seems like every year when we race and we're at the race track as often as we are in all the different parts of the country you're gonna have weather issues and there's obviously nothing us or NASCAR or anybody can do about the weather. I think they've always done a good job of trying to get as much racing in as practical and as possible and, hopefully, get the whole event in. If we all had it our way, obviously, we'd run the event on time and run the whole event every week, but you can't always do that. I think that's just part of it. I think we've seen some really good racing this year, especially as of late. I think the last three or four weeks the racing has improved a lot. We've seen a lot of two and three-wide racing and everything, so I think there have been good shows, but, yeah, you'd always want to run the whole thing and finish it."
DID WINNING THE DAYTONA 500 CHANGE YOUR LIFE MUCH? "It's the biggest race of the year. No, it didn't change my life, but it's the biggest race of the year, so that's cool. You get to celebrate it for a week and, obviously, it's a cool thing to be able to win that race, but it's certainly not really an indication of how the rest of the year is gonna go. There's a lot more racing to do than just that -- another 35 races or whatever -- so it was a really cool week, but, to be honest with you, by the time we got to California we were thinking about California and the next race and so on and so forth. So it was a great week. It's something I'll never forget and something I'll always look back on, but, certainly, we realized after that week was over we had a lot of work to do the rest of the season to try to hopefully contend for a championship."
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