Found August 25, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Valvoline NextGen Ford Fusion, is second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings to Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle.  Kenseth, who is 20 points out of the top spot, met with reporters before Friday’s first practice session. YOU’D LIKE TO GET ANOTHER WIN OR TWO BEFORE THE CHASE STARTS, RIGHT?  “Yeah, I’d kind of just like to get things rolling more like we were during the early and middle part of the season.  The last three out of four weeks have been pretty much disasters in my book, so I’m pretty surprised and excited that we’re still second in points after everything that has gone on these last four weeks.  I’m glad to be here at Bristol.  We had a great run in the spring and hopefully we can have a good one here tomorrow.” WHAT’S YOUR IMPRESSION OF HOW THE RACING IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT WITH THE TRACK CHANGE?  “I haven’t been on the track yet and I didn’t really get to watch all the Truck race, so, at this point, I really don’t have any idea.  Whatever I told you would be totally fabricated because I just don’t know yet.” THE REAR SUSPENSIONS AND WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING HAS BEEN A BIG TOPIC THIS WEEK.  GREG AND JACK BOTH TALKED ABOUT IT AFTER THE WIN LAST WEEK AND SAID YOU GUYS WERE WORKING ON THAT AREA AND HAVING SOME SUCCESS.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?  HAS IT CHANGED THE WAY THE CARS DRIVE?  “I guess that explains why our engineering department was so mad Monday when I talked to them.  I didn’t realize we were talking about all that, but I don’t really talk about any of the technical stuff with the car just because if there was any kind of advantage we were working on or trying to gain or get better than somebody that would certainly give it all away as soon as it’s in the media, so I don’t really get into that.  We’re always working on our car within the rules as hard as we can – everything we can do from front to back to try to make it faster.” ARE YOU COMFORTABLE THAT WHERE THEY’RE WORKING IS STAYING WITHIN THE RULES?  “I think these days you can’t afford to have something illegal.  You can see how huge the penalties are when you do, so I think we’re always trying to work within those rules and work within the framework of NASCAR’s rules to get your car to go as fast as possible without crossing the line.” DO YOU LOOK AT THIS AS A CRITICAL WEEKEND FOR THIS TRACK WITH THE CHANGES THEY MADE?  “I don’t know.  I think things snowball and a lot of it is maybe what a few peoples’ opinions are.  Obviously, these days with social media and everybody on the internet and reading the stories, I think that has more to do with it than anything.  I think if you didn’t listen to the guy sitting next to you in the seat, I mean, I think everybody has got different opinions.  I thought the race in the spring was pretty entertaining.  Everybody talks about the old Bristol and people knocking each other out of the way and fighting and all that stuff.  Well, we raced these cars at Bristol before they reconfigured it and there was hardly any passing.  There wasn’t any of that stuff.  It was different.  Things change over time and I thought the race in the spring was pretty good.  Brad won the race.  We came out with the lead, I think.  After that last stop we ran side-by-side for 10 or 15 laps and rubbed on each other for a little bit and he ended up getting the lead and getting the win.  I thought that was great, but everybody is gonna want something different.  We tried to narrow the track up and take grooves away to take passing away, so I’m a little confused on the whole concept to start with.  We’ll see how the racing is, but I think the racing is always exciting here.  “It’s a really cool facility and venue no matter what the track is like in the middle of it, honestly – with the night race here and putting all those people in there.  The racing is always close and there’s always a lot of action, so I didn’t really answer your question, but I think all of the races are pretty good here.  I haven’t really seen a real bad one here.  I think the racing is always entertaining.” HOW DOES THIS TRACK COMPARE TO RICHMOND?  “It’s totally different.  I’ve always really liked Richmond a lot.  I’ve always really liked Bristol a lot, but they’re totally different race tracks.  Lately, we’ve run really bad at Richmond.  It’s always been one of my favorite tracks, but we’ve run really bad there and we haven’t run as bad here.  Usually how you run is how you rate the race tracks in terms of how much you like or dislike going to them, but I think they’re both really great tracks and facilities and great events coming up right before the Chase being Saturday night races, so I really like them both.” WHAT MAKES A DRIVER GET AROUND THIS TRACK REALLY WELL AND DID THAT CHANGE AT ALL WITH THE RECONFIGURATION?  “It’s definitely changed a lot.  The car has changed a lot and the reconfiguring of the track has made it a totally different track than what it was before they did it.  It was real old and had a lot of patches.  The apron was a little less banking than the track, so you could use the apron to turn, which you can’t do any of that now, so the track is totally different since they reconfigured it, honestly.  That made it drive like a bigger track almost, so things change for a driving style from changing the race track, from changing the cars – all of that stuff has changed a little bit.  First and foremost, having a fast car helps your driving style a lot when you come here, so getting your car to turn better than everybody else’s and still being able to get off the corner where you can pass is really the key because people are gonna be running as high as they can possibly run and it’s hard to finish that pass on the bottom.” HOW DOES RACING AGAINST A TEAMMATE DIFFER AS OPPOSED TO EVERYONE ELSE IN TERMS OF GIVING ROOM AND BEING KIND?  “For me, I race them the same.  I still race Mark Martin and Jeff Burton the same as I did when they were on our team, so I don’t think that really changes.  I mean, you never want to put your teammate in a bad spot, but I don’t know that you ever want to put anybody in a bad spot that you want to race against all the time.  You’re gonna go race hard against them and you want to beat them, but I don’t think you really plan your strategy much different – Talladega and Daytona aside because that’s a little bit different when you’re trying to work together and draft – but I think at the rest of the tracks, once they drop the green on the race, it’s still one against 42, except for the two drafting tracks.”

Stewart hits Kenseth's car with helmet

Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth provided some fireworks at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night. The pair were battling for the lead on Lap 332 after Stewart had whipped around Kenseth. Stewart briefly had control, then Kenseth moved back to his inside. Kenseth slid up toward Stewart, and the two made contact. The pair then crashed out of contention, causing the race's ninth...

Tony Stewart throws helmet at Matt Kenseth's car after crash

Over the years, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart has been known for his volatile personality and it appears that he decided to let some anger out during Saturday's Food City 250 at Bristol.Nearing the end of the race, Stewart and fellow driver Matt Kenseth were neck and neck competing for first place when a crash caused both of them to spin into a wall.As you would figure, Tony didn...

Tony Stewart throws helmet at Matt Kenseth

An angry Tony Stewart threw his helmet at Matt Kenseth’s car following a wreck at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Bristol, Tenn. Stewart and Kenseth were racing for the lead on Lap 332 when they got together and spun into the inside wall.

ICYMI: Tony Stewart was kinda pissed at Matt Kenseth

You might have missed this on Saturday night unless you are a "Die-Hard" NASCAR fan, and well, it was pretty funny. During Saturday night's NASCAR race at the oval in Bristol, Tennessee, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth got tangled up late in the race. And while we aren't exactly sure how Kenseth felt about the wreck, which on the surface, didn't look like...

Tony Stewart Accident Quotes

Tony Stewart was battling Matt Kenseth for the lead of the Irwin Tools Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway when both made contact and were sent spinning. Kenseth was able to keep going after coming to a stop, but Stewart was a lot worse for the wear. When Kenseth came around again, Stewart then threw his helmet at Kenseth’s car. Below are quotes from Stewart after the incident...

Tony Stewart Said Matt Kenseth Opened Doors for Rest of 2012

In last nights Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, cars wrecked, tempers flared and the drivers were definitely challenged on a track that had been through track modifications raising lots of unknowns for the drivers and their teams. In the end, Denny Hamlin driver of the No.11 FedEx Toyota found himself in victory lane with a win that he described as “the greatest...

Smoke Nails Matt Kenseth's Car with his Helmet

Tony Stewart throws his helmet at Matt Kenseth after a caution flag crack up at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Bristol. Why not click the Google +1 & the retweet buttons? **Follow us on Twitter.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth battle at Bristol

Saturday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway began with boxing announcer Michael Buffer asking drivers if they were ready to rumble, and was highlighted by Tony Stewart launching his helmet at Matt Kenseth's car. On lap 333, Stewart and Kenseth battled through the fourth turn side-by-side, neither of them willing to give up position, but both paid the price when they collided...

Video: Tony Stewart Throws Helmet at Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth led the restart when Tony Stewart got a good run and passed him. Stewart could not hold his position and as Kenseth was attempting to pass him back, they got into each other. Stewart and Kenseth both wrecked,essentially ending their nights. Stewart was not happy. He grabbed his helmet from his car and as Kenseth passed under caution threw it at his hood. Video below [...]

Tony Stewart Irwin Tools Night Race Recap

The revamped Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, where the banking in the upper groove of the racetrack was reduced to the same degree as the middle of the track surface, gave the .533-mile concrete bullring its luster of yesteryear with plenty of bent sheet metal that left plenty of drivers bent with one another. Count Tony Stewart among them, as the driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Office...

Roush Fenway Racing Irwin Tools Night Race Preview

Much is on the line as Roush Fenway rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway looking for its18th NASCAR victory at the half-mile track noted for its intense hot summer night action. With his dramatic come from behind win at Michigan, Greg Biffle reclaimed the Sprint Cup point lead, while teamate Matt Kenseth overcame tire isses to move to second. Biffle currently leads Kenseth by 20 points...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.