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The No. 17 Driver Answers 20 For RT

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Wednesday, September 14 2011

Matt Kenseth of Roush Fenway Racing starts his Chase off by playing 20 Question with RacinToday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Erik J. Perel)

ATLANTA – Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, attended Wednesday’s Atlanta Braves/Florida Marlins baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta. Kenseth was in town to chat with the media about next month’s Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and other racing-related

topics.

The Wisconsin native took time to field 20 questions from RacinToday.com:

1. Other than you, which drivers will contend for this year’s Chase? “Oh, I don’t know. I’m not a fortune teller. But going into this weekend, I think all 12 drivers can be contenders. I think it’s a pretty competitive field.”

2. Of the 10 races in the Chase, which track(s) are you really looking forward to? “There are a lot of them. Right now, I’d have to say Chicago since it’s kicking off the Chase and it’s close to where I grew up in the Midwest.”

3. Which track(s) are you dreading? “No, there’s not any that I dread. There are some that I feel I’m better at than others. But you never know what’s going to happen at each track.”

4. In regard to the way the wild card element played out to set the field for the Chase, would you leave it as is or tweak it next year? “I think it worked. Brad (Keselowski) won three races and got in. That’s what

Matt Kenseth talks tracks and contenders. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)

I think the wildcard was made for: somebody that didn’t have a super consistent season but got in. If that is what they were trying to accomplish, it worked.”

5. Do you prefer two-car tandem racing or the big single packs at Talladega? “Each of them probably has their advantages and disadvantages. I‘m not a big fan of the way it’s done right now, but unless something changes it’s just the way it is. With the old way of racing you had a little more control of your destiny. But with the two-car racing, strategy really comes into play and there have been some good races.”

6. In this year’s Chase will it be more important to post consistent finishes or win races? “I think you want both. I don’t think you can win three races and finish last all of the other weeks. You’d like to get a couple of wins and finish in the top 10 each week to have a shot.”

7. What are you thoughts on fuel injection coming to NASCAR in 2012? “I don’t think the fans will notice a change. I haven’t even driven one yet.”

8. Do you see yourself as having a single rival on the track or are all of the drivers out there your rivals? “I think people get into periods where they have skirmishes and feuds and I’ve probably been involved in a few more than I wanted to be in. But that’s just part of it.”

9. Approximately how many times have you seen your son Ross run his Late Model this season? “I’ve seen him race four or five times this season. It’s just so hard with my schedule.”

10. Who do you see as two or three up-and-coming drivers to keep an eye on in the future? “Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is one of the most talented drivers coming up in the ranks and he should be racing for a Cup win in the near future. Ross is doing a good job and has a chance of moving up someday. I’ve had a chance to see Chase Elliott race. He’s been running good too.”

11. What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately? “Nothing comes to mind. I haven’t seen any movies lately.”

12. What’s your favorite restaurant on the NASCAR circuit? “When I’m in Texas, I try to go to the

Matt Kenseth puts on his first smoke show in over two years after winning at Texas earlier this year. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

Stockyards They’ve got good steakhouses there.”

13. Which professional baseball team(s) do you follow? “I don’t follow baseball real close, but I grew up in Wisconsin so I pull for the Brewers. And John Henry owns half of our race team, so I pull for the Red Sox.”

14. Will the Green Bay Packers repeat as Super Bowl champions? “Man, I don’t know. It’s pretty competitive out there but I think they have to be one of the favorites.”

15. What’s your favorite non racing-related hobby? “I just enjoy hanging out with my kids, riding motorcycles and getting back to Wisconsin in the winter to ride snowmobiles.”

16. What’s your dream vacation destination that you still haven’t had a chance to visit? “Oh, there are several places. I’ve talked about going on an African Safari. And we’ve talked about taking the motorcoach and touring out west. And maybe Alaska.”

17. What’s your favorite non racing-related website on the Internet? “I’m not on there a lot, but when I am I’ll check out NFL stuff and the news and that kind of stuff.”

18. Are you on Twitter or a regular on Facebook? “I’m not on Facebook, but I just started tweeting about a month ago.”

19. Do you have any pets? “Yes, we have too many. We’ve got four cats.”

20. You’ll turn 40 in March. Do you see yourself racing past the age of 50? “Man, I don’t know. That’s a long ways off and a lot of things can change. I don’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t racing. It’s the only thing I’ve ever done.”

– Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Wednesday, September 14 2011
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