Phoenix: Points leader Kenseth interview

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 6th) "I couldn't be happier. We ran competitively all day. We had a car that maybe couldn't have won, but if we would have been up front, I think we would have been tough to beat. We...

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 6th)

"I couldn't be happier. We ran competitively all day. We had a car that maybe couldn't have won, but if we would have been up front, I think we would have been tough to beat. We haven't run as good the last few weeks and it feels good to come out and run competitively and at least have a car that if it was in the right position would have a shot to win. It was real competitive all day, so it feels real good."

THERE WERE A LOT OF CAUTIONS.

"That was good. The car was good on restarts. We were lucky there at the end because we didn't pit. That was a good call by Robbie. We needed short runs because of having old tires and we got what we needed at the end."

HOW FRUSTRATING HAVE THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS BEEN?

"It really hasn't been that frustrating. Atlanta could have been much worse. We had problems and still got a good finish out of it, so it really hasn't been that frustrating. Yeah, you want to run up front every week, but this is a very competitive sport and that's tough to do each and every week, so I was happy to come back here and be competitive again. I feel great going to Rockingham. We've had great cars there in the past and I look forward to going there next week and hopefully have a shot to win."

WITH TWO RACES LEFT DO YOU GET A SENSE OF WHAT MIGHT BE AHEAD?

"Yeah, I'm pretty excited now that we're out of here. We've got two races to go. I don't know where we need to finish to be able to win the thing really. Obviously, the 8 gained a few points on us, but where we need to finish is probably a pretty reasonable number. Unless we break stuff or crash, I think it's real attainable, so I feel good about that. Obviously, it's not over till it's over, but I feel great about where we're at with two races to go."

WILL YOU THINK ABOUT THE TITLE MORE?

"Kind of. I mean, I'll probably think about it a little bit more this week just because we did get out of here with a good finish and there are only two races to go and we have a real healthy lead. I feel great about it right now. It can never be enough, but I feel good about it. I had a real competitive car today and I owe it all to my team."

DOES THIS TAKE MORE PRESSURE OFF?

"I think it takes a lot of pressure off. If we would have gotten out of here with a 25th or 30th-place finish and they would have gained a bunch of points on us, that would have put a lot more pressure on us. So this was real good. There is still pressure. There are still two races to go, but it will be a lot easier going to Rockingham and Homestead knowing we don't have to finish quite as high."

YOU RACED MICHAEL HARD THERE AT THE END.

"I started racing him and ended up getting us farther behind, so I just let him go and I followed him until there were two laps to go. I tried to make a real hard charge at him, but he got such a good run off the corner that I needed all that room to get off the corner. We were gonna wreck if I tried any harder and that was just all I could do."

-ford racing-

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