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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

A post-race interview with the winner of this week's Sprint Cup race in Kentucky, Matt Kenseth, along with the car owner and also the crew chief of the #20.
Matt Kenseth took his fourth win in 2013 on Sunday by clinching victory in the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, making this Kenseth's best season in terms of win since 2006 and only eclipsed by 2002 when he won five races in the full 36-race season.

All the more remarkable then that it's Kenseth's first season with Joe Gibbs Racing since departing form the Roush Fenway Racing fold at the end of 2012. Kenseth was joined in the media centre at Kentucky after the race by this year's crew chief Jason Ratcliff and also by his new boss, team owner Joe Gibbs.

Q:
Today's winning team of the third annual Quaker State 400 Presented By Advanced Auto Parts here at Kentucky Speedway.

Our race winner is Matt Kenseth. He drove the #20 Dollar General Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, and he is joined up here by team owner, Coach Job Gibbs, and crew chief, Jason Ratcliff.

This is Matt's 28th win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and his fourth win in 2013. And this makes him the winningest-driver in our series for this season, which is all-important as we head down towards the Chase.

He's currently fifth in points, but like I said, he's got those four wins. This is the most wins he's had now since 2006, so that's terrific. Obviously your first win here at Kentucky, but congratulations, Matt, just a terrific job here today, and that #20 team continues to show its championship metal. Tell us about it.

Matt Kenseth:
Yeah, thanks. Be a long answer to tell you about the whole race, but we had kind of a struggle on Friday, just couldn't really get it to drive like I'd liked and we qualified 16th and that was about the best we could do.

I don't know how he does it but Jason worked his magic and dropped the green today and we had a pretty competitive car, after three or four adjustments, I thought we had at least a second to a fifth place car, something like that.

So our car was pretty good. We moved back a couple times. We were still able to move back toward the front (indiscernible) - having obviously last call is what gave us a shot to win and put us a chance to restart as the leader, which is always important to get out front.

And having that quick caution and another time to cool our times off I think really, really helped us. We had just enough to hang on, so it was a pretty fun day.

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