BUSCH: Phoenix II: Kenseth post race interview

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Arby's Ford Fusion TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN. "It was alright. We were a little bit off of Kyle there. In a long run, we were a lot closer to him then when we were in a short run. We never really exactly got the long run ...

MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Arby's Ford Fusion

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN.

"It was alright. We were a little bit off of Kyle there. In a long run, we were a lot closer to him then when we were in a short run. We never really exactly got the long run needed. I found a spot that worked for me good and three and four and he was smart enough to get in that spot and I really couldn't get around him on the bottom down there. I could get him a little bit in one and two, but not enough to get down there and complete the pass. It was a good race for us. We ran pretty good, we were just a tick off and he was just a little better than us all day."

HOW TOUGH WAS DRIVING WITHOUT POWER STEERING?

"I think it really wasn't that bad. Physically it wasn't that hard to turn but at the end of the run, it would stick wherever you had it. It was really hard to feel the front tires. You'd give it so much wheel, you couldn't tell if the tires were chattering or not. You'd have to give it some more. It was tough for that and was tough to catch it if you got loose. Physically it wasn't really that hard, you just couldn't really feel the front tires the way you needed to. If you build a car with manually steering, it's not hard to steer. Not many of us are old enough any more but before they made power steering in passenger cars, they weren't harder to steer than the cars with power steering because they built them for that. And we build our cars like that. When you build cars with power steering and it's hydraulic system and you lose the hydraulic system or power steering, it's 10 times hard than if you set it up not to have it."

IS FINISHING SECOND GETTING FRUSTRATING?

"Yes and no, but it's second best. Yeah, you'd like to have some wins, we only have two wins for the year and we wish we had more than that. The team is certainly performed there. There have been a couple days we got beat, cars being faster than us like today. The 5 car was a little faster than us. Then there've been days where we got beat being spun out on the track, a bad pit stop or me messing up somewhere. It feels good to have cars that competitive where you can be up there in the top five all the time with them. Certainly when you finish second that many times, you wish you had more wins. If you put yourself in position, you hope to win more races than that."

WHEN YOUR RACING SIDE-BY-SIDE IN A BUSCH RACE IS THERE LESS PRESSURE OR ARE YOU HAVING MORE FUN AS OPPOSED TO RUNNING IN THE CUP RACE.

"When you're racing for the lead it's fun no matter what you're driving. Whether it's a short track car at home or Busch car or Cup car or whatever it is. Racing for wins is what it's all about. I wouldn't say it's any more or less fun than racing for a win. But if you win and lucky enough to win a Cup race it is a little more exciting and feels better. It's hard to race against more good teams and drivers and stuff. To win a Cup race feels better because it's a bigger accomplishment and all that. As far as just when you're in a car and racing for the lead, the Busch cars almost race harder, the races are shorter, we have more down force and less horsepower and you really drive them really hard all the day. The racing is fun, like I said the race is shorter, so you really don't have that middle of the race lull where everybody is getting themselves in position. They're both fun to race if you're going for the lead."

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT A DRIVER WINNING THE TRUCK RACE LAST NIGHT, THE BUSCH RACE TODAY, HE'S RUNNING A LATE MODEL TONIGHT AND A CUP CAR TOMORROW? THAT SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD HAVE LIKED.

"Yeah, I started thinking about him [Kyle Busch] being 13 years younger than me and 13 years ago I would have loved it. But tonight, I'm going back and going to sleep early. It's just youth, I think."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kyle Busch