MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion (started 16th, finished 3rd) "It was good for us. That was the best that we've probably run at a road course, the best finish, for sure. We were fairly competitive. I didn't know the 29 and those...
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion (started 16th, finished 3rd)
"It was good for us. That was the best that we've probably run at a road course, the best finish, for sure. We were fairly competitive. I didn't know the 29 and those guys had as many problems or were short on fuel or what was going on there, so I was surprised when it was just Kyle [Busch] and Marcos [Ambrose] up in front of me. So, overall, it was pretty decent. I wasn't fast as the top few cars -- there were three or four of those guys that seemed to be a fair amount faster -- but, other than that, I could hold my own with other guys."
"I didn't know it was our first top five, it probably was. But, we've run decent here a couple of times back in the day with the Busch cars -- one time we were leading at the end and spun out. We had a couple of decent runs here with these cars before, so I don't know necessarily it's the best we ever ran in the Nationwide series car, but, yeah, it feels good to get a good finish and at least be competitive with most of the cars out there. It's a lot more fun than running around in the back."
IT WAS AN EXCITING RACE WITH THESE CARS TODAY. CAN THAT BE APPROXIMATED TOMORROW?
"I don't know what the race is going to be like in the front. My Sprint Cup car is not running very good, so I don't know how to answer that. I don't know how the race is going to be up front, I really don't. I've never been a threat to win in one of those things."
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPERIENCES RACING WITH MARCOS AMBROSE? ARE YOU HAPPY TO SEE HIM WIN?
"I'm happy to see him win. I think the law of averages works out a little bit. Last week, obviously, he had that race won. I don't know him that well, so I don't know how miserable he would've been all week, but he kind of gave that one away, so it was nice to see him win this week and get that first victory, for sure."
-credit: ford racing