Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings after three chase races. He spoke about this weekend before Friday's practice session. YOU'VE GAINED SPOTS IN THE STANDINGS...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, is ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings after three chase races. He spoke about this weekend before Friday's practice session.
YOU'VE GAINED SPOTS IN THE STANDINGS THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS RACE? "We haven't really gained any points on the lead. I think we've lost some since New Hampshire. We gained 10 two weeks ago, but I think we lost 30 a week ago, so we haven't been gaining on the leader but we've been gaining on everybody else. We've been working our way up there a little bit and our performance has been gaining. As good as those top-three guys are running, it's been tough. Everybody talks like it's a three-horse race, but really, if you look to where we are compared to fourth, we're not very far out of fourth. So if those three guys, for some reason got caught up in a wreck here or they all faltered or had some trouble, there would be a lot of guys back in this thing. So we just need to concentrate on finishing as high as we can, lead as many laps as we can, get as many points as we can every week and not really worry about what anybody else is doing. There's still a lot of racing to go and hopefully we can climb back in it."
DO YOU HAVE A STRATEGY AS FAR AS HOW YOU RACE THIS RACE? "A few years ago they all tried to get together and do all that stuff like laying back. I don't know what anybody else is gonna do on Sunday, but I'm just gonna go race. All of the fans up there are paying to watch a race. A couple of years ago I know a lot of people got in trouble for saying it was boring -- the drivers -- but it was boring. Everybody got in a single-file line and waited until 30 to go and then raced and I don't think that's what the fans want to see. I don't think that's really what we want to do. You're still gonna wreck, but it's just gonna be with 10 to go instead of 100 to go. I'm just gonna go try to race as hard as we can, lead some laps hopefully and get some bonus points and try to get ourselves positioned for the end of the race and get a good finish."
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