This Week in Ford Racing: July 21, 2009 Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards are all still in the Top 12 - and Greg Biffle is in 13th place, just 10 points out - of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings as the circuit heads to one of its marquee...
This Week in Ford Racing:
July 21, 2009
Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards are all still in the Top 12 - and Greg Biffle is in 13th place, just 10 points out - of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings as the circuit heads to one of its marquee events this weekend - the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth commented about how he thinks the tires will react and the chances for Roush Fenway Racing to get its first victory at the 100- year-old facility.
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
YOU WON DAYTONA. WHAT WOULD INDY MEAN? "You want to win every week. All of these races are really hard to win, so I wouldn't refuse a Cup win anywhere because, in my opinion, they're all equally as hard. There are certain races that maybe more people are at or there's more emphasis put on it by the media or if you win it's a bigger deal, but every race is equally hard to win. Certainly, Indy is right up there. If I had to choose four races, the 600, the Brickyard, the Southern 500 and Daytona 500, in my opinion, are the four coolest races to be able to win."
DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO GOING THERE? "I do look forward to going there. It's a very unique track. It's different than any other place that we go to, but I do really enjoy going there. It's always a challenge."
ROUSH HASN'T WON THERE YET. HOW BIG WOULD IT BE FOR THE ORGANIZATION? "I think it would be big to win there no matter what, no matter what you're driving or what the history is there. It would be a huge deal to be able to win at Indy."
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE INDY MOMENT? "This car, I guess maybe the first year there when we had all those problems, but in the other car we've had a lot of really good runs there. The main stuff I remember is always coming up short for one reason or another. We've just always had some problems toward the end of the race. One year, we were running down Jeff with about 10 to go and hit a piece of lead or something that came out of somebody's car and killed the suspension and got a bad finish. We've just had weird things happen, but we've performed really well more times than not, so that's probably what I think of when I think of Indy most of the time."
Carl Edwards commented about how he thinks the tires will react and the chances for Roush Fenway Racing to get its first victory at the 100- year-old facility.
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion
HOW WOULD IT BE TO GIVE ROUSH ITS FIRST WIN AT INDY? "At Indy we were close last year. I thought we played the game right all day and I thought that our Aflac car was faster than Jimmie Johnson, but we finished second. It would be real special to win there. I mean, a victory at the Brickyard, that's got to be darn near the top on any driver's list in the world."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BRICKYARD MEMORY? "I thought we were gonna win it last year, but I'd say my favorite memory there was a few years ago I led some laps and I felt like, 'Man, we might do this,' and I asked for the wrong adjustment at the end and it cost us the race, I believe. But that feeling of leading laps there and feeling like we could win, that was good."
SO YOU'RE EXCITED ABOUT GOING? "Yeah, I'm excited about going. There's a little bit of trepidation because I don't know how the tires are gonna be. I think they're gonna be really good, and then I'm not sure about where we're gonna stack up. Everyone has been working so hard on their stuff, that's gonna be interesting."
Greg Biffle commented about how he thinks the tires will react and the chances for Roush Fenway Racing to get its first victory at the 100- year-old facility.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
WHAT CAUSED THE PROBLEMS AT INDY LAST YEAR? AND, HAS ANYTHING CHANGED BESIDES THE TIRE? "It's no mystery that this car has been harder on the right-side tires than the old car. It's just the laws of physics. You've got a higher center of gravity, a taller car. The car just uses the right-side tires more. So we know that's part of why we had trouble at Indy. The other thing is the speeds were up, the track's got a lot of grip in it, the track was green, had a lot of rain. So, there's a lot of contributing factors, but I think you're not going to see that this year."
ARE YOU STILL PUNISHING THE RIGHT SIDE AS MUCH AS YOU WERE A YEAR AGO? "Goodyear has caught up to the curve, because we really haven't changed anything. There again, it's sort of the laws of physics; you go around a corner and a good analogy is a Ford Taurus and then you go around the corner in an Expedition, it's bigger and heavier and leans more over on the tires, and you really can't change that unless you change the physics of it. So, this car, it's not that much different, but it's a little bit different - a little higher, taller so we can get in it, safety - so when you did that you paid the price of the car working the right sides a little bit more than the old car. But Goodyear has fixed that, or come up with a better tire, better construction to handle that."
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