Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, addressed the media this morning as part of his weekly Q&A session. Following is a transcript of that press conference. MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Fusion WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK FOR THIS...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, addressed the media this morning as part of his weekly Q&A session. Following is a transcript of that press conference.
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Fusion
WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK FOR THIS WEEK? "I don't know. We're running the COT car, so it's a big, flat one-mile track and we haven't been at a track exactly like that with that car yet, so that's a little bit of an unknown, but I think we've got those cars better than what we had when we started the season, so, hopefully, we can get a good run in here."
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING TO FENWAY PARK AND HOW HAS THE FENWAY MERGER AFFECTED YOU? "I'm looking forward to going up to Fenway Park tonight, so it's gonna be exciting. I've never been up there before and never seen the place. From the competition side, it's been the same. We've always worked as hard as we can to try to win races and championships and that's what we're still doing, so that's all been the same. On the marketing side, they've had a lot of exciting stuff going on and it's been a great partnership so far. I think it's gonna be really good in the long run."
HAVE YOU SEEN ANY INCREASE IN FANS APPROACHING YOU WITH RED SOX HATS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? "Not a dramatic increase yet, but this is the first time since the merger that we've been up in the northeast, so I'm sure there will be more here than there have been so far."
IT APPEARS TEAMS NEED TO HAVE DEPTH WITH ALL OF THESE CREW CHIEF SUSPENSIONS. HOW DID THAT AFFECT YOUR TEAM EARLIER IN THE YEAR? "I think four cars out of the top 10, if I'm not mistaken, have all had basically the same penalty so that's probably the first time that's ever happened in a season, so, obviously, they're taking all this a lot more seriously than they ever have before. They're policing things tighter and it's different than what it's ever been, so I think like any other sport, you want to build your team with as much depth as you can and the best quality people that you can, and it all starts with leadership. If the crew chief and team managers and those people have done their jobs, just taking one person out at the race track shouldn't make a big difference. They're still at the shop and preparing everything and getting everything ready and doing all that. It still makes a difference, but if you have a real good team and you have a lot of depth, it shouldn't make a huge difference just functioning through the weekend."
LOOKING BACK AT DAYTONA, DID THAT CATCH YOU OFF GUARD AND HOW FAST WERE YOU ABLE TO ADAPT? "I was caught very, very off guard at Daytona because I honestly didn't know anything about it. I had no clue that we had anything going on or that we even had a chance of being in any trouble. I know we had no shot at the pole and that was the last thing that was on my mind. I was already back in North Carolina because they've done the schedule real nice the last few years and we get Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off, so it wasn't on my mind at all so I was real surprised, but we were able to pick the pieces up and get running fine, but we still had that 100-point deficit starting the season, which is always a tough thing and it definitely took us a few weeks to rebound from that and get closer, and you never know what's gonna happen. We've had two bad weeks and might never rebound from it. You might miss the chase because of those 100 points. You never know what would happen."
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