Q. You're a low-key guy. Do you ever think if you were more flamboyant, more out there, it might be simpler to get these sponsors?
MATT KENSETH: Well, I mean, we could all dissect my personality or my looks or what I say, what I do, don't say, don't do, pick on that, I guess. But you can look at the opposite end of the spectrum. You can look at 20-year-old Trevor Bayne, won the Daytona 500, everybody was doing back flips because he won the Daytona 500. They can't get a sponsorship for him in Nationwide or Cup either.
I think he and I are, I wouldn't say we're opposite, but on other end of the spectrum as far as what we've done and where our career's are at.
You think about it. Maybe there's something I'm not doing right or saying right or whatever. But, I don't know, I've been in the sport for quite a while. I've always just tried to be myself and never really change for anybody. I don't think that's really been a bad thing. I'm pretty much a face-value guy.
Q. The fact NASCAR had its first Monday night race, the Daytona 500, the TV ratings were super, do you think that would be kind of neat to plan to have the Daytona 500 on a Monday night?
MATT KENSETH: I thought it was a great call by NASCAR with the weather on Sunday. Looking at the forecast Monday morning, knowing the track was still wet. Instead of having everybody sitting in their seats from 11:30 to 5 when it would be dry to just do it at 7. I thought that was great for all the people who did stick it out. I thought it was really great for all the people at home.
I think the Monday night thing was a great idea. The Daytona 500 is a pretty big deal, kind of like the Super Bowl. I think a lot of people have parties for it. Instead of getting it pretty much canceled, they could still have it after work on a Monday night, kind of like Monday Night Football.
I thought all that was good. But I'm not sure. I think NASCAR is a little bit different than a football game. Monday Night Football, most people are fairly local. When we go to a race, a lot of people travel pretty long distances to get there. So I'm not sure about a weeknight race, but I thought it was exciting.
Q. Can you compare this to winning the championship? How does the Daytona 500 win compare, media-wise?
MATT KENSETH: '09, especially, I can probably touch on that a little bit better because it was more of a normal week. When we won the 500 in '09, it was more than a little surprising to me all the stuff we did, all the fanfare, how excited everybody was about it.
I guess I never thought that much about it, winning the 500, what comes with it. When we won in '09, we had the champions breakfast the next day. We got to do stuff at Daytona in the morning, flew to New York, did Letterman, then did San Francisco and all the West Coast stuff as well.
After we did that, that week after we won the Daytona 500 in '09, reminded me a lot of the week after we won the championship in ‘03. Everybody seemed almost equally as excited about that as winning a whole championship, which surprised me a little bit, caught me off guard a little bit.
Q. With the fuel injection, does clean air still mean what it should? With the high shark fin in the back, did it make drafting a little harder?
MATT KENSETH: I don't know if having clean air or not having clean air, fuel injection would change that anywhere or not. I really don't know. At most tracks when we talk about clean air, it's all about downforce, not so much about the air getting into the engine. It's all about the air being on the nose, having more downforce than the guy who is behind you in turbulent air.
I really don't know if there's any difference with the carburetor fuel injection, being in the draft, that kind of dirty air, horsepower difference or anything like that. I really don't know the answer to that question.
Q. With the high shark fin, it seems like a lot of the small bumps were spinning people around. Did that make it tough for you?
MATT KENSETH: No, I don't think so. The high shark fin basically would put more side force, I believe, help you cut your car more if it got sideways. I think the cars right now in their configuration, NASCAR has a ton of side force in them. You can see that each and every week. When people get loose, they catch it. Sometimes people over-correct it and go into the wall head on. The old cars four or five years ago didn't used to be like that, the quarter panels weren't as long. They didn't have as much side force. When they got side force, they were much easier to spin out. This car is a little bit more forgiving when it does get sideways.