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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

Yeah, it's fun. I don't think they totally get it. I know for sure they don't realize how hard it is. It's fun. I mean, whenever you can share successes or failures with your family, it's more special. So I'm really thankful they get to travel with us.

I wish Ross could come to some more of the races and enjoy it with us, as well. But you know, it's fun to have them here. We are real fortunate they get to travel with us. They just stay together on the weekends and we get to spend a lot of time together.

A lot of people are under the impression that, you know, when we race and we are gone all the time, you don't get to see your family as much, but we probably spend more time together than the typical family where the dad works nine to five. So I'm fortunate to spend a lot of time with them, especially when they are young and growing up, it's a lot of fun.

Q:
Ross did send you a Tweet today: "Great job by Pops today."

Matt Kenseth:
That was sweet. (Laughter).

Q:
This is kind of your anniversary of your decision, and I was curious, last year, was this week a fun week for you, or was it a miserable week for you, and do you see any irony in the fact that you won here in the year after making the decision to go?

Matt Kenseth:
No, I mean, it has not turned out real bad, so it's been going pretty good so far.

You know, it was sort of an odd situation, because we couldn't really talk about it until whenever we talked about it where they kind of said that wasn't going to be there anymore. So it was slightly awkward until we got to make our announcement at JGR what our plans were next year and putting all that together. By then, we kind of had all our stuff together and knew what the plan was.

And to be honest with you, I was just focused on what I was doing over there. You put a little thought into this, but certainly didn't participate in anything or spend a lot of time thinking about it, because we had so much of the season left and so many things we wanted to accomplish last year.

It really wasn't that bad. Everybody was really cool about it. Obviously our performance at the end of the year, they were still working as hard as they can work and giving me the best stuff they can give me. I don't have any complaints there at all.

Q:
You worked at Brewco Motorsports earlier in your career, you've been coming here for a lot of years. What does this victory mean, and how did that experience or how has your experience at this track, how did it help today?

Jason Ratcliff:
Well, I tell you the experience that helped me the most was knowing that if I used some of Dave Rogers' notes, they were going to be right. That guy has won so many races here, and actually kicked my butt several times here. So it's obviously good to have him as a teammate, and as you mentioned, lived close to here, lived in this area for quite some time.

This was always a special racetrack whether we were coming here testing or racing. And, well, always felt like we were close here. This was one that was at the top of my list on the Nationwide Series and always came up just a little bit short several times with different drivers, so it's special. I told somebody earlier, all wins are special, but to win at Kentucky, for me, is the highlight of the season so far.

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