Martinsville: Matt Kenseth press conference

MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 2nd): YOU GUYS ARE ON A ROLL. "Yeah, we have been. I couldn't be happier. We had an uphill battle all day starting in the back. This is a real tough race track, but everything ...

MATT KENSETH --17-- DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 2nd):

YOU GUYS ARE ON A ROLL.

"Yeah, we have been. I couldn't be happier. We had an uphill battle all day starting in the back. This is a real tough race track, but everything worked out. Robbie made good decisions on when to pit and when not to and we made the right adjustments on the car. We weren't the fastest car by any means. Tony obviously had the fastest car, but we were there when we needed to be there and we had track position when we needed it. Everything just seemed to go our way."

THE ONLY NON TOP-10 FINISH IS AT DAYTONA THIS YEAR?

"Yeah, we got in a wreck there so, other than that, as good as we've been we've been really lucky too. We've had all the breaks go our way. At Daytona we got wrecked when we were running good, but, other than that, we've been able to avoid all the wrecks. We've been in the right place at the right time and we've put ourselves in position to get good finishes out of these things. We're pretty lucky starting that far back. We missed a few wrecks by a matter of inches and just made it through when we needed to."

WHAT ABOUT THE POINTS?

"It's too early to worry about points too much. Obviously, I'm real happy where we're at and we've had a great start, but it's an extremely long season. You can have a string of two or three bad races and be way out of it, so I'm really happy with where we're at. I'm real happy with how our performance has been and the reliability of all our stuff at Roush has been great. I'm real happy with the position we're in right now, but it's a long season."

YOU BATTLED WITH JARRETT AT THE END.

"Yeah, me and Dale got to racing hard. He got by me right before the caution came out. I was hanging with Bobby pretty good and after a restart it seemed like I was a little better than him and I was hoping that was gonna be my shot, but everybody is gonna race for everything they can get at the end. He got into me a little bit once and I got into him a little bit once. He squeezed me up to the wall a little bit once, we rubbed a couple times, so we just kind of went back and forth. There was really nothing anything dirty about it or anything. Nobody got spun out, we were just racing hard for position."

WHAT ABOUT THE STRATEGY AT THE END OF THE RACE?

"Really, the strategy at the end for me was to try and not get spun out. I knew that Tony had a real fast car and I was gonna get in a lane, whichever lane he got, I was gonna give to him because I figured he was gonna go right by us all and win the race. So I was worried about getting hit from behind a little bit because it's so slippery after cautions that you really worry about that. I was just trying to concentrate on, if I could, muster up a run to try and give the guys in front of me a challenge."

WHAT ABOUT THE CLOSE RACING AT THE END?

"I never tried to start bumping. It's tight quarters out there. It's tough to run side by side and there's not a lot of room, so when you get down to the end of the race you're gonna have a little bit of rubbing. As long as nobody gets turned around backwards or nobody gets wrecked, I just feel like that's racin'."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth