Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is in 12th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Michigan. Kenseth, who has two career wins at MIS, met with the media prior to Friday's practice session. WITH SO MANY...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is in 12th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Michigan. Kenseth, who has two career wins at MIS, met with the media prior to Friday's practice session.
WITH SO MANY GROOVES AT THIS TRACK, DOES THAT MEAN IT'S EASIER TO HIT ON A GOOD SET-UP HERE? "Well, there's probably a little more room for error -- some room to look around a little bit, depending on how your car is running, but, really, your car has got to handle pretty reasonable to work in any of the groves. It's not like you can be off on the bottom and run really good on the top or vice versa. So, you've still got a handle on getting around there. There's a lot of corner here, but it's nice that there's a lot of room to move around and be able to pass."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE LAST FOUR TRACKS BEFORE THE START OF THE CHASE? "I feel good about all the tracks, but, to be honest with you, the last couple of months everything's been a surprise. I don't know. We could show up at our best track and not run good, and show up at what I think is our worst track and run halfway decent, so you never know. I like all of the tracks that are coming up. I don't think there's one that really a bad track for us. We're capable of doing well at all of them."
OF THOSE FOUR TRACKS, IS MICHIGAN A PLACE THAT YOU CAN WORRY LEAST ABOUT OUTSIDE INFLUENCES? "I think they're all about the same. This might be a little more forgiving here on double-file re-starts -- at Bristol or Richmond or somewhere, it might be a little bit tighter quarters and maybe a chance to get swept into something, but I think all of the tracks coming up are pretty good, really. Since they re-did Bristol, it's way more forgiving than it sued to be. There's two or three grooves there to move around and work as well. So, I think all of them are pretty decent."
THE COT HAS ONLY RUN ONCE AT KANSAS AND HOMESTEAD ONCE BEFORE, THAT WAS '08 -- AND THOSE ARE TWO CHASE RACES. IS THAT A PROBLEM, OR IS IT THAT ONCE YOU FIGURE IT OUT AT OTHER 1½-MILE TRACKS, YOU GET THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED? "I don't think that's a problem. I think that all of the tracks are similar -- if you can figure out for here, you shouldn't have that big of a problem at Homestead. Everybody has data, has been to all of these tracks a bunch of times, so I don't think that matters much."
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