22 April 2013
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A
Well, I don't know that I'm the team leader or necessarily want to be or whatever. But I will say I think there's a ton of things that intrigue me about all this, but having Denny and Kyle as teammates is one thing that also really intrigued me. I've been fortunate through my whole career to have a lot of really, really talented, good teammates, but one of the things I thought was so interesting and pretty much proven true is that Denny and Kyle are very different from each other and they're both very different from me. I think we all have different personalities, we all have a different approach to things, we all have a different way we handle things. It's all different. And I think that's good.
I think if you have all your teammates and you all think the same thing and you all want the same thing, I don't think you get everybody's potential, I don't think you get everything out there. There's no different viewpoints to consider and to think about and to look at or a different setup or idea or a different approach to driving the racetrack. That was really interesting, and I think we've been doing a good job of working together and talking about things, and certainly it's a little different here with Denny missing the last few weeks and hopefully he gets back soon. But I think it's really helped me become a better driver, really elevates your game when you have guys like that that can go out and win any week.
You're always so calm when you get in here, but the last 10 laps or so, even at Vegas and here, you're like screaming "get out of the way" and telling everybody - I don't know if it was your spotter or Jason saying I've got to get my heart to settle down, I don't know if I can take this. Do you get transformed when you get in those situations?
I mean, some of that - the races were very different. They were both really hard to win, but my car was just too tight at Vegas, so for me all I had to do is not miss the corner entry and the rest was kind of easy to drive. This was not easy to drive the last 20 laps, so if I missed the corner and I missed turn 3 three or four times, I thought besides getting beat, I might wreck. It was a lot of - I hate to call driving race cars work, but it was a lot more work the last 20 laps here than it was at Vegas.
Some of that stuff, you get in there and honestly, all the lap cars and everything are so respectful and they give you so much room, and they're racing to stay on the lead lap and for position, as well. At Vegas I didn't have that problem, but here my car was just really sensitive to where other cars were that were in front of me and had a really bad effect on my car when I had it in certain places, so I was really trying to figure that out and then trying to get with Chris to kind of change things up. I thought I wanted to be on the top and I just kept getting so loose. So I was just - everybody always, they communicate up on the spotter's stand and I was just trying to tell him I'd rather take the bottom the last few laps.
Sometimes you get excited, and I don't know what makes a driver push the button so everybody can hear it, but sometimes you just get excited and you know there's nothing they can do about it, but you still want to yell about it or ask anyway.
Thank you very much. Congratulations on a very successful weekend here at Kansas.
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