This Week in Ford Racing The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to a short track for the second straight week as Martinsville Speedway prepares to host the first of its two events on Sunday afternoon. Ford driver Matt Kenseth talked about the...
This Week in Ford Racing
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to a short track for the second straight week as Martinsville Speedway prepares to host the first of its two events on Sunday afternoon. Ford driver Matt Kenseth talked about the half-mile track, which is one of the oldest on the tour.
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
IT'S SUCH A LONG SEASON AND WITH THE WAY YOU STARTED, HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR HEAD? "I think every week is really important. We obviously had a good start and it was really fun for those two weeks, but you really have to shift your focus every week to the next race coming up and you can't really think about what happened a week or two ago because it really doesn't matter that much. You talk about winning and it does help to get those extra points if you can make the chase and carry those points in there, but you've really got to perform each and every week in this sport and we realize that, so you just show up every week and try as hard as you can."
HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED FOR YOU AFTER WINNING THE DAYTONA 500? "It hasn't really changed one bit, to be honest with you. The week after Daytona was really busy and I got to do a lot of really cool things, and I had a lot of well wishes from friends and co-workers and family, which is really cool. I heard from a lot of people that I usually don't hear from, and got to do a lot of cool stuff, but once that week is over, really, it's back to business as usual. It hasn't changed anything. You're kind of like as good as your last race and our last two haven't been very good, so you've got to keep your eye on the ball."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE TESTING MORATORIUM CONTINUED FOR YEARS AND YEARS OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO TEST SOME TRACKS? "I'd like to see it continue forever, to be honest with you. I think not testing is great. I think Jeff Gordon was one guy who touched on it, that was the off-season he said he's had, and that's kind of the same for a lot of us - not just the drivers but the crew chiefs and crews and car chiefs. It gave them a little bit of time to get caught up with as long as our season is, but if there was a major rules change with the car someday and they changed things to make it a lot different, I could see them maybe giving us a couple tests in the off-season or something to sort out a new rules package or new configuration of a car or something like that, but as long as there's not a lot of rules changes - really there haven't been any rules changes that have been significant - so I don't really see a big need to test."
IT BENEFITS THE VETERANS NOT TO TEST, RIGHT? "Everybody's got a lot of experience. It's tough for maybe somebody like Joey Logano coming in, but besides him most people have a lot of experience. Most people get with an experienced team or have a lot of experience in Nationwide or Trucks and have been around these tracks a lot, so I don't really think it's that big of a deal."
DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH PRACTICE ON THE WEEKENDS? "I think we have plenty, to be honest with you. With this car and no rules changes all season, I think we have plenty of practice."
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