January 30th, 2015
Matt Kenseth didn’t want to “open a can of worms” on Friday after qualifying at the Bristol Motor Speedway, but with him comments on qualifying he might have. Kenseth was asked why he thought Team Penske was dominating the new knockout qualifying format and didn’t hold back.
“Without opening a can of worms, it’s my understanding that they (Penske Racing) got to do a lot of testing — I think they’ve been to all three tracks with their ‘satellite teams’ — Michael McDowell and cars like that I think in the Penske trailer. I think they’ve gathered a lot of information at all these tracks and was really prepared when the season started. It really shows because the first three races they’ve been the best two cars on Friday for qualifying and they’ve been pretty darn good in all the races too. We haven’t really had that luxury so we’ve been trying to look into that and figure out how we can get a little more track data gathered.”
I’m not sure I’d want to give that team any bulletin board motivation, but at least his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin was able to break their streak for at least one week.