This Week in Ford Racing: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns this weekend to Daytona International Speedway, site of Matt Kenseth's victory in the season-opening Daytona 500. Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, and teammates ...
This Week in Ford Racing:
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns this weekend to Daytona International Speedway, site of Matt Kenseth's victory in the season-opening Daytona 500. Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, and teammates Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, and Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, talk about returning to the famous race track. Biffle won at Daytona in July 2003.
Greg Biffle - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
YOU, MATT KENSETH AND JAMIE McMURRAY ALL HAVE WON AT DAYTONA. IS THIS A GOOD TIME FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAMMATES TO BE GOING BACK THERE? "I think so. We've been very good there in July, and Matt in February. It's been since 2003 since we've been in Victory Lane, so maybe it's our turn."
Matt Kenseth - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
WILL IT BE DIFFERENT FOR YOU TO GO BACK TO DAYTONA, FOLLOWING YOUR WIN THERE IN FEBRUARY? "No, it's not any different. That was cool that we won in the spring, but that's already a long time ago. It's totally way different going there in July, so it really doesn't change anything."
WITH THE WAY THIS SEASON HAS PLAYED OUT, DOES IT ALMOST SEEM LIKE THAT WIN WAS LAST YEAR INSTEAD OF THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR? "I don't know about that. It only takes usually a couple of weeks, not to forget about it, but to move on to the next week. You've got to keep concentrating on the task at hand and the next challenge and the next week, and you can't really spend the season thinking about a win that you had. You've got to keep on working on what you're doing right now."
WITH THAT IN MIND, AS YOU LOOK TO REGAIN YOUR EARLY SEASON SUCCESS, DOES RACING AT DAYTONA NOW COME AT A GOOD POINT IN THE SCHEDULE FOR YOU? "I don't know. Michigan, I think, statistically is my best track I've ever raced at and we ran 20th, so it doesn't guarantee you anything. You've got to work hard and try hard and bring your best stuff every week. You just never know what's going to happen."
Carl Edwards - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion
"I hope I'm not part of the fireworks at Daytona. Last year, Kyle and I had a great battle, they threw that caution, but there's no telling what would've happened if we would've raced back to the checkered flag. That was headed to being a great race. I like going to Daytona. That race track, until they repave it, it's going to be by far the best restrictor-plate track we have because it gets slippery and bumpy and you have to use the setup to run well, and I like that place a lot."
ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, HOW SLICK IS THAT TRACK IN JULY AS OPPOSED TO FEBRUARY? "The night race has a little more grip, but still, it gets slick when the tires wear out. That's what makes that place fun. The first few laps, restrictor-plate racing is not my favorite type of racing, but once you get past all the tires, everybody having a ton of grip, you start going into the corner and the cars are bouncing and sliding around. The way Daytona's pavement is and the way the bumps are and the way the Goodyear tire has been, it's been really fun. So, on a scale of 1 to 10, it turns into about a 5 slick, and that's good. The slicker the better."
THIS WILL BE YOUR FIRST RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACE SINCE THAT ENDING AT TALLADEGA. YOU TALKED TO NASCAR AFTER THAT; ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE ISN'T ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE OR HAS BEEN DONE SINCE THEN, OR ARE YOU JUST HOPING THAT BECAUSE THOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT TRACKS, IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN? "I think what goes on at Talladega, the way that race is, that's the one I think the focus needs to be on for things that they can do to minimize the chances for the wreck. I guess a better way to put that is, to turn into more of a race, instead of a spectacle. But I understand where NASCAR's at. We had this talk, and I understand their position. There's the history of the sport, and other than knocking down the banking there, there's really nothing you can do to change that place and make it a different type of race. I have a feeling that NASCAR is going to impose different rules or penalties for that place. But it looks like we'll go to Daytona and race the same way we have. I guess we'll just have to see how it goes."
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