MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 iLevel Ford Fusion (finished 3rd) "There's a lot to talk about, I guess. We started in the back. We didn't run good at all yesterday, and this morning we took it apart and put Carl's set-up in it and it ran a lot better...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 iLevel Ford Fusion (finished 3rd)
"There's a lot to talk about, I guess. We started in the back. We didn't run good at all yesterday, and this morning we took it apart and put Carl's set-up in it and it ran a lot better today. We still weren't near as good as the 20 and a couple of them other guys, but we did some pit strategy to get some track position and then we had it running good enough where we could kind of hang out where we were at."
YOU GOT CAUGHT UP IN A WRECK. HOW IS IT THAT THAT CAN HAPPEN AND YOU CAN STILL FINISH TOWARD THE FRONT?
"We got fortunate that it didn't wreck the important parts of the body -- it didn't wreck the front fenders, that sees the air first, and the hood, and all that. It kind of caved the left-side door in, which really doesn't matter, and it did cave in the right-rear quarter behind the tire, which is very important and those guys did a very good job of fixing and getting it pretty straight again. It wasn't perfect, but it was a lot better -- and actually our right-rear quarter panel is probably more important than the spoiler to hold the car into the track. So, they did a good job making repairs and we got lucky where we got it, but, we shouldn't have been way back there to start with and we wouldn't have been in that. But the wreck happened and it was, I don't know, it was forever, four or five seconds later, and I got spun out -- got ran over and got spun out, so that was quite surprising."
ON THE PIT CREW.
"They did a good job fixing it, and then we kind of did a pit strategy deal. Our pit stops weren't bad, but they weren't exceptional, really. We actually would lose just a little bit, so they did a good job on strategy and fixing it, and then on that last pit stop we stayed out with Martin and a couple of them other guys. So, we kind of more did it with strategy and they did a great job today repairing the car and getting it back in condition to race."
WHAT IS IT LIKE IN THE CAR WHEN YOU'RE DEHYDRATED OR SICK? DO YOU JUST BLOCK IT OUT? HOW DO YOU DRIVE A RACE LIKE THAT?
"I don't ever drive dehydrated. I drink a lot of Gatorade. We did some studies with Gatorade and got the Gatorade-in-car drinking system and a lot of other ways to stay hydrated, so that's never been a problem. But, it was really hot today, especially after the rain. It was humid and hot. But we've been having a lot of that lately, so I was kind of ready for it. But, you just kind of block it out when you're running. When you get under caution you think about it a little bit if you're not feeling good, and after the race. But when you're running under green you don't really think about it and it doesn't really affect you as much as you think it would."
-credit: ford racing