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Matt Kenseth left the Daytona International Speedway in February disappointed. He led 89 laps and looked like the car to beat, until his car beat him. An engine failure sidelined him and put him 37th in the final run down. He’s won four times this year, including last weekend at Kentucky, and will look to get his fifth under the lights Saturday.
“The season has obviously been really great for us. I think it’s been better than any of us could have imagined. Excited to be back here at Daytona. Obviously, a special race track for everybody in stock car racing and really racing in general. Had a really strong car in the 500 — I think we led the most laps and were leading when we broke. So, looking forward to being back here and hopefully we can be out front again, make it to the end and if we are out front make it then hopefully I can figure out how to do the right things to have another shot at winning,” Kenseth told media members Thursday from the Daytona international Speedway.
Even with his strong run at Daytona and an eighth place finish at the other restrictor-plate track at Talladega, Kenseth still has no clue what to expect when the cars take to the track.
“Well, I think you kind of hit it in your first comments there — it was the first race (for) the Gen-6 car. Certainly, you’re going to learn. There’s going to be an evolution, not just the setup stuff, but we’re going to learn more about drafting and where you want to be and where you don’t want to be and that type of thing. So, I thought Talladega was a totally different race than Daytona — which honestly really surprised me. I expected it to be exactly the same and it was not at all. You had to do a lot of things a lot different. And, I expect that it will be a cross between Daytona and Talladega. Probably more like Talladega. I’m not sure why. I’m not sure why Talladega would’ve been different other than just people learn more about the cars — getting the cars better — figure out how to put them in different positions in situations to make more passing and more side-by-side. I’m not sure. You know in February the groove was right around the top and you couldn’t really do much different than that and Talladega it wasn’t at all. It was actually — it didn’t seem like you wanted to be way up there. So, we’ll kind of have to wait and see,” commented Kenseth.
There used to be a different feel to the two tracks when plate racing. Daytona would come down to a cars handling and Talladega would be more of a crapshoot on how you positioned yourself during a race. According to Kenseth, with the recent paving at Daytona, they are about equal.
“I always think the racing at Daytona — used to be before you paved it — would be a lot more about handling, especially in July, than Talladega ever would be and that’s what kind of separated the races and made them different. I think since they paved Daytona it’s felt like the tracks are much more similar. Handling is not a big deal. It’s pretty much just about the draft and positioning and all that kind of stuff. It doesn’t feel that much different. The tracks feel different, but it feels like the same theories and everything should apply,” explained Kenseth.
Though he has two wins at Daytona, he has zero when it comes to the July race. Kenseth and his crew will look for win number one in July and number five on the year Saturday night.
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