Chat with Matt Kenseth
Kenseth won the rain-shortened race Sunday for his first win since November 2007. He had to come from the back of the pack, having started the race in the 39th position. It was the first career Daytona 500 win for the 36-year-old.
Kenseth has 17 career wins and 163 top 10 finishes. He won the 2003 championship, the last one before NASCAR implemented the Chase for the Cup.
Send in your questions now and then join Kenseth at 3:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday!
Buzzmaster (3:36 PM)
Matt will be here in about 10 minutes! Send in your questions for the 2009 Daytona 500 winner!
Buzzmaster (3:46 PM)
Brandon (Youngstown, OH)
Hey Matt, Congrats on the win. How aware were you that when you passed Sadler that the rain was close and that the race may not resume?
Matt Kenseth (3:47 PM)
I was very aware, the last 20 minutes. The rain was going to come any minute. There was some urgency there in getting that pass and I had a feeling that could be the winning pass.
Congrats Matt, really enloyed your win for you and the Roush team..Hope you didn't over do it when you painted the town "plaid"..
Matt Kenseth (3:48 PM)
No, I sure didn't.
Jordan Bank, Whitestone, NY
Would you ave rather won the Daytona 500 with a finish like a last lap pass instead of a rain delay?
Matt Kenseth (3:49 PM)
Sure, if you could pick out how to win it, a last lap pass to get the checkered flag is how you'd do it. But everyone was racing in the rain and we all knew it could happen with the rain. but if you could pick out a way to do it, it would be a last lap pass.
Steve (Rotterdam, NY)
Matt, first off congratulations. The question I have is does Jack Roush treat you any different (bigger Christmas card) than the other drivers at Roush Fenway due to you giving him his first championship and now his first 500 victory?
Matt Kenseth (3:50 PM)
I don't know. I think Carl gets the biggest one. I think he was pretty excited with the win. Sometimes he seems to maybe not be as happy about winning as he is disappointed about one of his other cars doing as well. But I think after a day or so, it sunk in.
Bill Van Sant, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
What was more unnerving, getting through the Vickers/Jr Wreck or waiting in your car on pit road before NASCAR called the race and declared you the winner?
Matt Kenseth (3:51 PM)
Probably running those caution laps before the red flag. The wreck happened so fast, there wasn't enough time to be nervewracking. Waiting under yellow and waiting to see what would happen.
Sean; Port Charlotte, Florida
When did the fact that you won the Daytona 500 sink in really?
Matt Kenseth (3:51 PM)
It's hard to say. You think that it might sink in more at times. But really I felt good all week. Right after the race, you kind feel that it didn't sink it, but it did. All week, I think it's sinking in.
brandon Lynchburg Va [via mobile]
Matt, first congratulations on your 500 win. How does this rank up there next to your championship in 03?
Matt Kenseth (3:53 PM)
You know a lot of the fanfare and the stuff that comes with it reminds me of it. But I think probably more so, because we already won the championship. Winning that is the best thing you can accomplish in your career. After that, winning the 500. It's the single best race to win. To have it, it's an honor to be a part of that group.
Alan: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Matt, you've traditionally done very well at California - how do you feel about your chances this weekend at Fontana? (Congratulations on the 500 win!)
Matt Kenseth (3:53 PM)
I feel pretty good. That's always been a good track for us in the past. It's a track taht I have a lot of confidence in. I'm looking forward to Fontana and getting out on the track and seeing how we do.
Drew (Tallahassee, Fl)
What is your take on the Earnhardt/Vickers incident?
Matt Kenseth (3:54 PM)
I didn't really get to see it 100% on how it went down. I don't really have an opinion on it to tell you the truth.
Brad Arthur Vincennes Indiana
when you are that close to a wreck do you close your eyes or take the hit
Matt Kenseth (3:55 PM)
No, I sort of joked about that a little bit. But my eyes were open all the time. There wasn't much I could do.
Buzzmaster (3:55 PM)
Matt had to run off and do NASCAR Now. Thanks for the chat Matt!
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