Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, met with reporters before this morning's practice session. Kenseth opened the season with back-to-back victories at Daytona and Fontana. AFTER STRUGGLING THE LAST FEW WEEKS, DOES THIS...
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion, met with reporters before this morning's practice session. Kenseth opened the season with back-to-back victories at Daytona and Fontana.
AFTER STRUGGLING THE LAST FEW WEEKS, DOES THIS TRACK OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A TURNAROUND? "I guess I won't know until Monday. I hope that we can get some momentum back, get some good finishes and get back on the right track."
THIS IS AS GOOD A TRACK AS ANY FOR THAT, RIGHT? "In the past, it has been, but you know, Bristol used to be a good place for us in the past, and it wasn't, so you just never know."
HAS ANYONE PUT THEIR FINGER ON WHY THE FORD TEAMS STRUGGLED AT THE TWO SHORT TRACKS THE LAST TWO WEEKS? "I can only speak for our team and what we had go on. At Martinsville, we ran about what I think we always run -- probably good enough to run seventh, best-case scenario, 15th, probably, worst-case scenario, with no problems. But we just got a pit-road penalty and never could come back from it."
ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC EVERY WEEK, OR ARE YOU A LITTLE MORE OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE OF YOUR PAST SUCCESS HERE? "When you go to your tracks that you perform better at, you always feel a little bit better, but that doesn't always mean a lot, you know, for what's going to happen this weekend. Vegas is probably one of our really good tracks, and we didn't even make a lap. Certainly I feel more optimistic coming here."
SO FAR THIS SEASON, WHAT HAS BEEN THE POSITIVE ASPECT? AND, WHAT HAS BEEN THE LEAST POSITIVE? "Winning the first two races was pretty unbelievable, and winning the 500. Winning the 500 would be hard to top, but, yet, to back it up at California was huge. But then every week since then has been a punch in the stomach. It's been disappointing, because we didn't even make a lap at Vegas. We broke, which is really something that doesn't happen very often. And then it's been problem after problem, really. So, definitely, we need to get back on track here pretty quick."
DOES A BAD EXPERIENCE GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND DRAW SOMETHING FROM IT? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED? "Good or bad, you try to learn from it. It becomes harder next time. We always go back and talk about it, get a de-brief, try to figure out our strong suits, improve on them, and figure out what we did wrong and try to make that better, every week, no matter how you do. Every week seems like a different circumstance, so, we certainly try to learn from."
HOW SURPRISED ARE YOU ABOUT THE EARLY SUCCESS OF NEW TEAM OWNER TONY STEWART? "Well, I'm not surprised at all. I don't really know, exactly, but I guess I assume it's just two more Hendrick teams, basically, so they got a lot of stuff to draw from. The teams run really good, and they have all the equipment there right away. And, obviously, Tony is one of the best drivers in the garage. I mean, it really doesn't surprise me at all."
AS A GREEN BAY PACKERS FAN, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CHICAGO BEARS' ACQUISITION OF QUARTERBACK JAY CUTLER? "It's got to make them a better team. They haven't had, really, a starting quarterback from a lot years. So, being a Packer fan, I liked it when they had Grossman under center."
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