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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

Very good, and crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, talk about this #20 team, certainly on top of their game, and I know on a racetrack like this one, has a lot of character and definition, and certainly a challenge. You had to really bring your game here today.

Jason Ratcliff:
Yeah, we did. As Matt mentioned, the car was obviously not where we needed it Friday. Made it a little better for qualifying.

Matt did a good job of bearing with us on Friday, and thankfully I've got to give a lot of credit to our teammates. They learned a few things in practice, the #11 and #18. We were able to take some of those things and put in our #20 car along with some of the changes that we had made in practice that we felt were positive. Everybody just kept plugging at it, working hard, and obviously Matt went out there today and did what he does best, and drove the wheels off the thing.

You know, we talked about it after the third victory; that we could be aggressive on our calls, which we've been aggressive on our calls all year. But today was a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that, and we did, and Matt hung on and drove his heart out and brought us home with a victory.

Q:
Coach Job Gibbs, certainly this #20 team, playing like a champion, and just talk about that.

Joe Gibbs:
Well, I got to the racetrack and normally I go see the drivers and I talk to Kyle and I talked to Denny, and they both felt like they were pretty good. I got to Matt and he goes, "I don't know, man, we struggled."

So I kind of go into it - my thought process is, hey, we may have a tough time here with the #20. And to see Jason, all the guys worked hard, kind of getting a game plan together, I thought it was a great day for us. Jason made a great call. Our pit crew, as everybody knows, is a total team sport. Kyle and Denny, those two cars, the #11, #18, chipping in, and that's the reason why you have teammates like that, and I know Matt appreciates them.

Wound up being a great day for us. The Lord blessed us with a great day. We love coming to Kentucky. I felt bad last night, so many - that was going to be a great crowd I think last night, and still, a lot of people came back today. We appreciate it.

We love coming to Kentucky. We love racing here. I think all of our drivers, really, really enjoy the racetrack, and love it, and I love coming to this part of the country. It's a great part of the sporting world.

Q:
Before it looked like Jimmie was going to kick your butt and he ended up spinning out, and everybody at that time was thinking, oh, Jimmie is going to run away with it. Now that you've won at another mile-and-a-half track, it's like, well, geez, maybe Matt is a championship contender, too. With three mile-and-a-half victories under your belt and there's five of those tracks in the Chase, is it going to be a you versus Jimmie type thing? Do you see that developing at all?

Matt Kenseth:
Well, we've got a lot of racing to do before we get to the Chase, first of all. I think we always strive to improve. You said at the start of the interview, #48 was class of the field all day. So we know we have to continue to get better. We are really, really good but you always have to continue to get better.




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