Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, heads into this weekend's race in 10th place in the Chase for the Championship. In last week's race at Dover, Kenseth ran near the front for most of the afternoon and led four times for a ...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, heads into this weekend's race in 10th place in the Chase for the Championship. In last week's race at Dover, Kenseth ran near the front for most of the afternoon and led four times for a race-high 192 laps, before an engine problem ended his day with just 26 laps remaining.
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
WHEN YOU RUN AS WELL AS YOU DID LAST WEEK AND THEN HAVE IT END THE WAY IT DID, DO YOU STILL LEAVE THE TRACK WITH A GOOD FEELING? IS RUNNING WELL AND ENDING WITH AN ENGINE PROBLEM LESS FRUSTRATING THAN NOT RUNNING WELL ALL WEEKEND? "Less frustrating. It wasn't something really in our control. It's disappointing when you don't finish, but it's not more frustrating. It's more frustrating when you go to the track and you're not performing. So, it felt good to go there and perform; that's the best we performed in the COT car. We had a first- or second-place car there, depending on what stage of the race it was. We felt pretty good about that, that we were able to run and keep up and make some progress on our cars, so that part gives you a lot of confidence. Obviously, the timing could have been better for breaking, not being in the Chase somewhere, but certainly we feel better about our performance."
DID YOU FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED? "The motor blew up. I don't know what broke or why it broke or whatever, that's not really my department. But, I'm sure they looked into it and got it resolved."
ARE YOU CONFIDENT HEADING INTO THIS WEEKEND? "Yeah, I feel pretty good. You don't know what's going to happen every weekend, but I feel pretty good about our intermediate stuff and I look forward to the weekend."
WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO THE PENALTY NASCAR HANDED DOWN TO YOUR TEAMMATE CARL EDWARDS? "I guess I kind of expected it. It's kind of the precendent they set with the Car of Tomorrow. It was one of those things with the right rear being low, a jack screw came loose or something, it's not a performance advantage by any means, but yet they have their rules and their tolerances, and that's what they've been enforcing all along."
ARE DRIVERS COGNIZANT OF WHO IS AROUND THEM DURING A RACE, AND DO THEY TREAT DRIVERS IN THE CHASE DIFFERENTLY FROM DRIVERS NOT IN THE CHASE? "They shouldn't. You should race somebody all year the same. I don't think the 12 guys in the Chase have any more right to the race track than the guys that aren't in the Chase. There's 43 cars out there every Sunday and they're all racing for the best spot they can get, and, in my opinion, nothing should change going into the Chase. I think it should be the same in Week 2 as it is in Week 22 as it is in Week 32. You should race the same all the time. Everybody's out there trying to get the best they can."
DO YOU PAY ATTENTION TO WHICH CARS ARE AROUND YOU, AND WHETHER THE DRIVER IS IN THE CHASE? "No, it doesn't matter. You're going to race somebody the same all the time. Everybody's out there trying to win a race and get the best finish they can for their team and their sponsor, and get as many points as they can."
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