Matt Kenseth looks to sweep Daytona this weekend after his February trip to victory lane (Getty Images Photo)
Matt Kenseth admits his current situation as an outgoing member of Roush Fenway Racing is a little strange.
But Kenseth reiterated Thursday at Daytona his focus as well as the No. 17 team's has not wavered one bit on the matter at hand of winning races and the 2012 Sprint Cup Series championship.
“There are certain things that are a little awkward at Roush because you know that you're not gonna be there next year and they know that, so maybe it's a little bit different walking in and talking to Jack or doing some of that stuff, but I think you just work through that,” said Kenseth.
Kenseth said nothing will change the path he set at the beginning of the season.
“All of those decisions were based on what I felt was best for next year and beyond, not what was best for this year,” he explained. “I think this is best for this year, and we're not gonna change any strategies or anything that we do or don't do. We're gonna go out and try to race as hard as we can to the end of the year and try to hopefully win some more races and have a shot at winning a championship, so that's what it has always been about and that's what it is still about.”
After his Daytona 500 win to begin the season, Kenseth understandably feels good about his chances in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 and RFR's overall restrictor plate program.
“I looked forward to going to Talladega more so than any plate race I have ever looked forward to in my career with as well as we ran at Daytona and how fast our cars were in February,” said Kenseth, who is bidding to become the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep both Daytona Sprint Cup races in a season.
“I feel the same way about Daytona this weekend and I am looking forward to getting down there. At Talladega, I felt we had the fastest car in the race and dominated the race as much as you can, but I felt like I messed that up at the end when