MATT KENSETH-17-Aleve Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY. "It was a great day at the end obviously. We got it to where we needed to. Michael was the class of the field. Even when he wasn't leading, I think he was trying to put...
MATT KENSETH-17-Aleve Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)
TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY.
"It was a great day at the end obviously. We got it to where we needed to. Michael was the class of the field. Even when he wasn't leading, I think he was trying to put on a good race and hanging out. He was the class of the field. He was just really, really fast. I don't know if we could have run with him at the end or not. We started off and our car was quite a ways off. We were expecting the sun today and different track conditions. Our car was way off and I honestly didn't think we had a prayer of running with the leaders; I thought that we could run seventh to 10th. We were able to make good adjustments and actually bring the car around. We had just enough cautions and just enough pit stops to change the things that my car needed to be able to make it do the things I wanted it to do. Three pit stops from then we hit on something and the car was quite a bit better. The second to last pit stop we hit on it and the car was as good as I could make it, and then it was good from then on out."
WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU SAW KYLE BUSCH TAKE TWO TIRES WITH 30 LAPS TO GO?
"First of all, I'm kind of a pessimist or a realist, and I don't count my chickens until they hatch. I wasn't real excited, but when I did see it I sort of felt like it was Christmas. We still came out of the pits in second. If he would have gotten two tires and we would have come out of the pits in eighth and there would have been seven cars that got two tires, I would have been worried. Really, as many times as we've raced here and as many times as I've done that, I would never gamble on two tires with the way the track conditions were, the way my car was running. When I saw that he had two, I knew that four were going to be way faster than two and I was just hoping to get a good restart and not have a caution at the end. That was all of our tires, we had lefts left but I don't think that mattered. When I saw him get two, I was really surprised that they did it, but I was really happy they did it because if you put four tires on that car with him driving it and put him in front of me, he could have been a handful to beat. When I saw that he had two I knew we were in good shape."
TALK ABOUT THE PASS YOU MADE ON THE 87 CAR?
"What happened, I think the 5 and the 86 stayed out and they were both on the tail end of the lead lap from not pitting. The 86 started on the outside front row and the 5 was on the inside. Then it was the 87 and me, so I was looking for a hole on the bottom to slide in there because I wasn't real comfortable with what was going on up there. There were two cars with old tires side by side on the front row and then there was a car with two tires right behind them that I knew was going to be anxious to get a good start. I was back there with four tires so I kinda held back a little bit. I saw a hole on the bottom, my spotter told me I had a hole there, and I just slid in the hole in the bottom and kinda waited to see what would happen. The inside lane went right by the outside lane and I pretty much had him. I was three wide with him in the middle of the backstretch but I think I had cleared him pretty good by the time we got to the end. I just figured the bottom would be the place to be. It usually is in one and two. Three and four is pretty wide, but one and two, the bottom is better. I knew that with four tires that was the place that I wanted to be at."
YOU'VE BEEN CONSISTENT IN BOTH THE BUSCH AND CUP CAR LATELY. IS THAT A PRODUCT OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ROBBIE REISER?
"I don't know. I will say that since we had the common templates and since we've switched our Busch cars to Fords, which in the past had always been Chevys. In the past, absolutely none of the information related and now the stuff relates a lot more than it did. I can't run the same setup in my Busch car that I can in my cup car. Vegas for instance, when we tested our Busch car at Vegas I learned a lot of stuff that I used in my Cup car when we came back there. It works a little bit both ways. The cars are definitely more similar than they have ever been in the past and they take closer to the same setups than they ever have. They still drive different, but they do take closer to the same setups than they ever have. I hope that we can stay consistent. We've always had great Busch cars at Reiser Enterprises and it's always a lot of fun to drive them."