MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Arby's Ford Fusion TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN. "It was eventful. We had a little bit of everything happen. We had a loose wheel. One time I got lucky and got the cautions at the right time to get our track position, and we...
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Arby's Ford Fusion
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN.
"It was eventful. We had a little bit of everything happen. We had a loose wheel. One time I got lucky and got the cautions at the right time to get our track position, and we really had a fast car on long runs on that last set of tires, but just kind of got beat on that re-start and couldn't quite get back up there."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS RACE? IT WAS CLEAN IN THE BEGINNING AND THEN THERE WERE ALL THE CAUTIONS AT THE END.
"I guess everybody knew that it was getting close to the end of the race. The last lap is the one that pays. It always gets more exciting at the end."
WERE YOU AWARE THAT CARL EDWARDS WAS MAD AT YOU?
"Not really. We barely bumped there. Maybe I shouldn't have said it, but like I said on TV, if I was getting beat for the owner's championship by a couple of guys running part-time, it's probably got him a little worked up, I probably wouldn't be four-wide up in the marbles voluntarily on a re-start. We were all starting all in line, and we got rolling fine - and the leader kind of took off slow, so everybody stayed in line and I could've went outside Greg and Greg could've went outside the guy in front of him and all split it three- and four-wide, but what I saw, we got rolling, there's a lapped car and another lapped car went under him, so I was three-wide and Carl drove outside of me. So, that was his choice to go out there. I was kind of wide on the track, but I thought I left him a groove out there, I mean they were running right against the wall. So, we just barely skimmed sides and got out of there and I guessed that must've caused a hole in his oil cooler and wrecked him twice and done everything else that went wrong. I guess it was all my fault."
IS THE SITUATION WITH CARL SOMETHING YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO DIFFUSE WHEN THE WHOLE THING BLOWS OVER A LITTLE BIT?
"No. If I spun him out or something I guess I would, but I don't really feel like I did anything wrong. My job's not out there to get out of his way all of the time; we're supposed to race each other like we always race each other and race each other with respect. And I thought I left him enough room. I mean, he kind of took a cheap run out there, which any of us could've done because it was a slow start, but, gosh, whatever it was, 70 miles into the race, 90 miles into the race, I didn't know why we had to be really four-wide going into turn one on a re-start when we were all in line. So, I thought I left him enough room, and we did make just barely any contact and it was just bad luck that I got his tire, and everything else that happened to him I don't really think was my fault, on the serious side, so, no, not really."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HEADING TOWARD THE FINISH LINE WITH KYLE BUSCH, COMING OUT OF TURN FOUR?
"Like Clint said, I really blew it on the re-start and let him get by me there. I was kind of too loose for five or six or seven laps, and then as they would tighten up I could start to run them back down. He got a really good re-start, got a good run around the bottom, and I knew that I couldn't - as loose as my car was - I knew I couldn't let anybody outside of me. So, I kind of chose the middle, and he went to the bottom. We only ran three-quarters of a lap on that one re-start before the next one, and he just got a run off of two and just barely finished off of four before the caution came out, so he just did a better job than I did of getting rolling."
ON HIS DECISION NOT TO PIT WITH ABOUT 40 LAPS TO GO.
"Well, our pit stops haven't been particularly good in the Busch Series for a while, and we lost three or four spots every time we pitted today, was one of the reasons today. Another reason is we had a loose wheel, and we had to come in and pit about 15 laps off cycle, so we only had 15 laps on our tires and fuel when the leaders pitted with, whatever it was, 70-something to go. So at that time, because of our problems, we just decided to fill up with fuel and try to beat them out of the pits, and hang on to the end. That's why we did that strategy."
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