Talladega: Kenseth post qualifying interview

MATT KENSETH (Qualified 3rd) WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE RACE? "I'm sure it will be entertaining. I haven't run a Nationwide race here at Talladega for a while, so I'm looking forward to that. This is the same car we had at Daytona and I...

MATT KENSETH (Qualified 3rd)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE RACE?

"I'm sure it will be entertaining. I haven't run a Nationwide race here at Talladega for a while, so I'm looking forward to that. This is the same car we had at Daytona and I think we qualified second. It didn't race quite as good there, but it seemed to have a lot of speed, which should be good for here, so I'm looking forward to it."

ANY THOUGHTS ON HOW THIS RACE WILL PLAY OUT?

"I don't really know what will happen for sure, but it seems like you can pass pretty good with these cars with this aero package, and I imagine it will be a pretty big group until or unless there's a wreck and weed some of them out. So you probably watch for that the first half of the race, at least, and hope you're either toward the front and, if you're not, probably be pretty careful and be watching around a lot. But, after that, it seems like there's always at least a 10-car scramble for the win at the end and you just hope to be part of that group." IS

THIS A RARE TIME YOU LOOK FORWARD TO COMING HERE BECAUSE YOU RAN GOOD AT DAYTONA?

"Yes and no. As awful as most of the season has been, besides the first couple of weeks and Texas, I kind of look forward to coming here because I know my car will handle as good as everybody else's, so that aspect I look forward to it, but you never know what's gonna happen. It's one of those places that's fun when your car runs good and you're not caught up in the wreck and one of those places that's not very fun when you do get caught up in a wreck and your car doesn't have enough speed to stay up with the leaders. You just never know. We ran pretty good here last fall. I think we were running second when the big wreck happened and we got caught up in it even though we were in the front, so we just hope to stay out of that and be somewhere in that lead group at the end and have a chance."

CAN YOU IMAGINE TAKING THIS CAR WITH THE PLATE TO A TRACK LIKE CALIFORNIA? WOULD IT BE A DISASTER OR WOULD YOU BE IN A TIGHT BUNCH?

"The cars are the same, other than the restrictor plate really and the wickers and stuff, so the cars aren't really that different. I guess what you're probably trying to ask is if you made us go really slow there so we could hold it wide open if we'd be in a good group. Yeah, you would but not with this plate. We'd be going too fast. I think at California our corner speeds are obviously much slower than here because it's much flatter. It's a different track. Yeah, it's two miles, but it's really totally different. You'd have to get them to go pretty slow to be able to be wide open there."

-credit: ford racing

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