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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

We still had an excellent car. The way competition is these days and how much we struggled on Friday, we had a really, really competitive car today. I thought we were second to a fifth place car most of the day, which is really good.

Q:
I understand you had a little trouble getting in the care centre to see Denny earlier. Any concerns beyond what you would normally feel when he took a hit like that, given the circumstances of earlier this year.

Joe Gibbs:
I think our cars are so safe, and to show you, in 22 years, we've only had one person miss a race, and that was Denny when he had the problem earlier this year. So be quite truthful, I didn't see it, so I was just going back, and I didn't realize he hit that hard. And so when I got back there, he had the basic, but his complaints were, he said, "Man, I've got a headache, like you wouldn't believe." And he banged his knee on the inside.

Then we went to the care centre, and right away, he said, "I started feeling better and better and better." So they are feeling good about it. Tomorrow we are going to test at Indy. They called the doctor over there, he's going to take a look at him before he gets in the car, but I think we are in good shape there.

Yeah, when I tried to get into the care centre, and the guy stiff-armed me, I thought I was going to have a problem there. But thank goodness there was no fight because he would have been the favourite (Laughter).

Q:
In that same topic, is there any part of you that if Denny doesn't get in the Chase that would want him to just kind of shut it down for the rest of the year, or do you feel like he's healthy?

Joe Gibbs:
No, I think that would always be up to Denny if there was some reason. But I think Denny, you know, he's had the one back issue, he's kind of had that for a long time. I think he's kind of used to dealing with that. He said today, "My back feels fine."

I don't see any reason. I think Denny wants to stay after it and we have a chance to get some wins for FedEx. And who knows what's going to happen; we could get hot. I know he'll be the favourite at several of these racetracks we have down the stretch over these next nine weeks. Who knows, maybe a miracle in there. And you can't have a great comeback unless you're behind, so we'll just go after it and do the best we can.

I think Denny feels that way, too. He was fired up for today. I felt like he was going to get after it today. So he's got a good attitude and we'll keep swinging.

Q:
I was just wondering how it was to see your little girls in victory lane. Probably the last time you were winning this often, they were not even born yet, and here they are in victory lane and you're getting to share all these moments with them, and they are old enough to maybe appreciate that. What's that like for you, and to see them, the joy on their face or whatever it may be?

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