KENSETH GIVES TEAM MONTE CARLO FIFTH BUSCH SERIES VICTORY -- Matt Kenseth drove his No. 17 Visine Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory in Saturday's Auto Club 300 NASCAR Busch Grand National race at California Speedway to score his second victory...
KENSETH GIVES TEAM MONTE CARLO FIFTH BUSCH SERIES VICTORY -- Matt Kenseth drove his No. 17 Visine Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory in Saturday's Auto Club 300 NASCAR Busch Grand National race at California Speedway to score his second victory of the season and fifth for Team Monte Carlo. Chevrolet leads the Bill France Performance Cup standings over Ford, 75-69. Each manufacturer has five wins each on the Busch Circuit this season. Pontiac is third with 46 points and no victories. Jeff Green finished third Saturday in his Nestle Monte Carlo and continues to lead the series point standings.
MATT KENSETH (No. 17 Visine Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"We had some good pit stops and the guys got us in position. I can't believe we're here (in victory lane), but it was a heck of a race and there's nobody up there in the stands that paid too much for a ticket today. I was doing everything I could, but Ward (Burton) really wanted to win the race bad. Luckily, we had a good restart. Those four tires really helped a lot. We were junk before that, really. We were so loose I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't hang on. We put four stickers on it and we figured we'd have a shot. The car ran pretty good all day, and this is just an awesome place.
"I don't know if we deserved to win this one or not. We might not have had the fastest car. All the crew made good adjustments. We were a little too aggressive on our setup. We were too loose to keep up. We really needed that last caution to give us a shot. Everything really played right into our hands. Jeff and Ward were racing so hard and they got mixed up there a little bit. It just kind of opened the door for us. I was out of control. We had a real loose car, and I was just holding on for all I could. We were lucky we got in and made the right adjustments."
JEFF GREEN (No. 10 Nestle NesQuik Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
"With about 10 laps to go I thought we had a chance to win. The caution came out, and I was defending myself there a little bit at the end. If we had ever got back up front we would have been OK. My hat's off to my guys. We sat on the pole with a new track record. We're top fiving 'em to death, but we want to win some races. I know my race is coming if we just keep sticking around the top five. Congratulations to Matt Kenseth. It was an awesome race, and we had a lot of fun out there today. I wrecked this thing with about 10 to go here last year, and I wasn't going to do that today.
"I had an awesome time there at the end with Ward and Matt and Jeff (Burton). We were so close that whoever got out front was probably going to win the race there at the end. Jeff got loose, and I got by him. Then Matt got a run on me and got by me, so that won him the race I think. If we hadn't had that (last) caution, I think it would have been a better race. On that restart, Matt got gone and it was all I could do to hold those guys off behind me until we got a lap under our belt where I could get away from 'em. Our cars were so even, I got a little bit behind. I wasn't going to pass 'em. I ran so hard all day. The car was awesome again, like always. We want to win races to win the championship, but when we can't win, we want to try to finish in the top five and that's what we did today. We adjusted on it on every pit stop. We were trying to make it better, and one time we made it worse. Then we got it back to where it was at the end. It was pretty darn good at the end. I don't know what I could have done to make it better."