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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

Matt Kenseth took his second win of the year for new team Joe Gibbs Racing, with an impressive dominating run at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.
After spending his entire career to date with Roush Fenway Racing, Matt Kenseth shocked fans last year when he announced he was leaving the squad to take up an offer with rivals Joe Gibbs Racing. Many wondered how he would fare in a completely new environment; but after his second win of 2013, no one's asking that question anymore.

Q:
We welcome our race winner Matt Kenseth, who won today's STP 400, the driver of the #20 Home Depot Husky Toyota.

This is Matt's 26th victory in 480 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, his second victory and fourth top ten finish in 2013 and second victory in 15 races here at Kansas.

Obviously a win from the pole today, Matt, talk a little bit about your run out there today.

Matt Kenseth:
Yeah, we started the race, and our car was unbelievable fast the first 120 laps or so. We could pretty much run out there as far as we wanted to. And then I think the big change really was people did different pit cycles and got us back a little bit, the sun came out, the track rubbered up and it really changed our race car. It was kind of a blessing to get back there in a way because we had to work on it a little bit more and I had to work a lot harder, find a different groove for more grip and do some of that stuff.

Anyway, it turned out just right. We had a good restart when we needed to and got by five or six of them guys, got up to second, and then of course Ricky pitted and we were leading that last caution where we knew everybody needed some fuel and tires. It all worked out for us. Once our car was in front, it was really fast, and I knew if you could get me out there I was going to be hard to beat.

Q:
Also joining Matt is co-owner JD Gibbs. This is the third race in a row that the pole winner has won the race. This is the first time this has happened since 1985. JD, talk about what this win means, obviously a big run for Matt today, means to you.

JD Gibbs
All the victories are a huge deal, and it's just fun to watch Matt and Jason, the way we relate together. And I've said it before, the work Jason does, it's hard, long hours. Matt is probably once in a while at the shop, checks in. But what they do is just so difficult and they make it look easier than it actually is. So we just appreciate the way they work together, the personalities, and what they do for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Q:
Matt, you're two for two on this new track. Is there something about the new surface, variable banking, et cetera, that just is a good fit for you? And this is the third straight win by a driver from the pole. Is that something because of the Gen-6 car, getting out in front or just is there a connection there?

Matt Kenseth:
I don't know about me and the racetrack. I think it's really a credit to guys that bring me the race cars. That car has been really fast ever since we took it off the truck on Friday, and Jason has made great adjustments with it. TRD gives us really awesome engines, all those things are really what make it so fast is really the cars.

I like the track. Today is the first is the first day I've used the variable banking. The last Roush race I ran the bottom the whole time. Today it really widened out pretty good. I mean, it almost got almost three widths wide where you could move around find some of that. So I think the track is just going to continue to get better and get wider.




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Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 The Home Depot/Husky Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 19, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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