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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing - Q&A

The winner at Chicagoland Speedway and early front-runner in the 2013 Chase, Matt Kenseth, met with the press late on Sunday night after a successful end to a marathon day at the track.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Matt Kenseth met with the media at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday night after claiming his sixth win of the 2013 season - his first campaign with his new team Joe Gibbs Racing having moved from Roush Fenway at the end of 2012.

Q:
We're going to roll right into our winning team for tonight's race, the opening race for the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Our race winner, our points leader, is Matt Kenseth. He's joined up front by his owner, Coach Joe Gibbs, and crew chief Jason Ratcliff.

First win for Matt here at Chicagoland Speedway. His sixth win in 2013. This is a single-season career high number of wins for Matt in the Sprint Cup Series.

Matt, congratulations. You won the first part of the race. You won the second part of the race. By golly, you won the whole race. Talk about how you got to Victory Lane.

Matt Kenseth:
Yeah, it was awesome. We had a really, really good car. Obviously the first 30 laps did not go well. That was at least 95 per cent my fault. I don't know what I was doing out there, but it didn't go well.

Jason got us some track position so we could get up there with the leaders. Held up there pretty good. Got up to second. Under green we got the lead when Jimmie had the problem, were able to adjust on the car some more, felt good about what we had when we got the rain delay.

I was worried about the rain, the track conditions in the night time. I thought we were going to be better in a hotter, slick condition. But just shows I don't know what I'm talking about.

But, yeah, had a good car. Had great pit stops, great strategy, had that restart at the end. That push from Kevin got us out in front where we really needed to be.

Q:
Jason Ratcliff, talk about getting this opening win in the Chase, how the team performed here this evening.

Jason Ratcliff:
The team obviously performed great. The guys did a great job preparing the car this week. Making adjustments throughout the night. The racetrack had some rubber on it. Had some rain earlier today. Then we got that next rain shower, so the track went through a lot of different stages.




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