Matt Kenseth says full speed ahead in the last five races of the regular season (Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth doesn't plan on changing his game plan as the regular season winds down despite all but having a Chase spot locked up.
“I don't think so. You always want to win and you always want to bring your best stuff," said Kenseth Friday at Watkins Glen International.
Kenseth says comparing the NASCAR schedule to say the NFL, where teams have been known to rest players once a playoff berth is attained, isn't the same.
"Obviously, they rank you by wins and our sport is quite a bit different," he said. "It would be like in the NFL if they started your playoff game with some points, instead of starting 0-0. That's kind of how it is. If you win here, you start the playoffs with some points, so, obviously, that's really important."
The Roush Fenway Racing driver is hoping for a better say in Sunday's second road course race of the season than what's happened the last two weeks.
"Indy was a letdown. Last weekend I thought we were really in position to have a chance at a win there, especially with the race probably going to get shortened," said Kenseth. "So I thought we had a good chance there of getting an extra point or whatever going into the Chase, so I think for us and our team and where we're at, I think it's important to try to get a win before the Chase starts and to make sure we're in the Chase.
"After the last two weeks, anything can happen. If we have many more of those, we might be getting back toward that 10th spot farther than we want to be.”