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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

Hopefully we'll be running how we're running, or even get better, and you know, going into the Chase, hopefully we can give them a run for their money; that's what the plan is.

Q:
Jimmie said after the race that he didn't thought you kept pace car speed prior to that restart there, I guess it was the next to last restart. What was your view of the restart, and knowing that he was caught for jumping a restart, are you able to kind of play games with a guy you know is kind of overly or more maybe cautious in that situation?

Matt Kenseth:
No, not at all. Until you just told me the pace car speed thing, somebody mentioned in victory lane that he was upset with the restart. I have no idea what happened or what happened to him or what I possibly could have done to upset him.

When I got ready for the restart, we were on top and we were the leader, so it's anywhere in that box we can start the race and when the pace car peeled off, I felt like I went the same pace. I didn't check my tack when the pace car went off if we were exactly the same pace, but I think you can look through data and see I didn't slow down.

Really at that point you try to watch the guy inside you and try to make sure he doesn't lay back and try to get a run at you, and tried to keep him right by my door; and when I got to the box, I went. And from there, I don't really know what happened.

I certainly didn't feel like I did anything wrong from where I was, but you know, after dominating all day and you have a problem at the end, it's always - I imagine it's frustrating. We've been there, too.

Q:
For Jason, you talked earlier about after getting three wins, maybe there's opportunity to kind of take some chances and so forth. In other circumstances, perhaps even earlier this season, is the no-tyre call something that you may have had second thoughts about?

Jason Ratcliff:
It was. When we came down pit road, I felt like as many laps as we had on our tyres, that most guys would take two. But you have to think that, you know, there's a lot of smart people in this sport and a lot of smart guys sitting on the pit box. They know how aggressive you have to be to win one of these; just so competitive.

I felt like more guys would make that call, and so, you know, I thought it was worth a shot to get out there, I felt like definitely we would be at a disadvantage. However, we did have the newest left side tyres on the #48, a lot of them didn't take less than we did the stop before.

I felt like more guys, and actually when we rolled off pit road and I saw what everybody did, I looked to the guy beside me and I'm like, I can't believe we are the only one that did that.




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