MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 iLevel by Weyerhaeuser Ford Fusion (finished 2nd) "We ran decent all night, probably a fourth- or fifth-place car most of the night, and we made some adjustments and made the car better, and a great battle for the win ...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 iLevel by Weyerhaeuser Ford Fusion (finished 2nd)
"We ran decent all night, probably a fourth- or fifth-place car most of the night, and we made some adjustments and made the car better, and a great battle for the win again. We didn't quite have the car doing what I needed it to do. I needed it. I needed to be able to run the bottom and be able to turn in the middle, and I couldn't really do that. So, to compensate for that we kind of had the car too loose the whole time and I just had to run up top where the most grip was. And it really worked, it was just a little too long. I needed about 10 laps to have run up there and not have to run up there for 30, and it just made the front tires not work good enough after a while."
ON RUNNING SIDE BY SIDE TOWARD THE END.
"No, I actually messed that up. I was outside of Clint down in one and two a fair ways up there a couple times, and he didn't quite give to me, which that's his job. It was my decision on whether to lift and give him the three or four inches he needed to or not lift and have a wreck, so I just decided it would've been at this time and this race that was the right thing to do, was to lift. So, I had to get out of it a couple of times and then that particular lap I kind of got to his right rear and I tried getting in the gas to early and I got sideways and I got real sideways and I had to get out of the gas, and that's how Burton caught me there. I was just trying to get a little more than I had in it."
WHAT KIND OF ADJUSTMENTS DID YOU MAKE THROUGH THE RACE?
"All we really did, honestly, was air pressure. We just worked around with the tires a little bit. We started off the race, and I was real happy with the balance and I must've been running fourth -- I guess it was Clint and the 5 and Burton -- and I was real happy with my car. The balance felt really good, I just didn't have the grip those guys had, and that's really what we fought all night, really, for whatever reason. I don't know, maybe we'll have to go back and keep working on our bodies, shocks, that kind of stuff, whatever we can do to make grip because it was pretty balanced. It was doing what I wanted it to do, it just wasn't fast enough."
ON THE CAUTIONS.
"The cautions were helping me a little bit, because I was too loose, generally, except for the last run for whatever reason I'd be a little tighter after a caution. I can't remember if it was the last run or second-to-last run, we had a lot going on, but the one right after he passed me, when that came out that probably helped a little bit because when he cleared me there he was probably going to take off and leave me because I was losing a lot of grip. So, that probably helped make it a little more exciting. I wish it would've come out when we were still in the lead, I think we would've had a better shot, because we seemed to be better for the first two or three laps on a restart."
-credit: ford racing