Mar 7, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
If you’re fortunate enough to spend any length of time around him, you’ll quickly find Matt Kenseth has a very dry wit.
Think of a cross between comedians Steven Wright and the late George Carlin – just not so over-the-top as Carlin was — and you have Kenseth.
During his weekly media availability on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kenseth was at it again.
When asked about the pending arrival of his and wife Katie’s third child, Matt said the latest member of the growing Kenseth family is due in “about three weeks.”
That would put delivery sometime during the week between races at Fontana (Calif.) and Martinsville (Va.).
So does Matt have a contingency plan if he needs a relief driver so he can be at his wife’s side for the baby’s birth?
“Not really,” Kenseth said. “I just told (Katie) to have it on a Monday.”
Nice guy that Matt is, eh?
But wait, the one-liners kept a-flowing.
When asked where he thinks Joe Gibbs Racing’s intermediate track program is currently – remember, Las Vegas this weekend is the first 1.5-mile track that the Sprint Cup visits in 2014 – Kenseth cracked, “Well, it’s tough to say since we haven’t ran at an intermediate track yet.”
So, Matt, does your approach to certain races change in the Chase for the Sprint Cup?
“Man, we’re talking about the Chase already?” Kenseth said. “It’s the first week in March. I have put almost zero thought into the Chase. … Honestly, at this point in the year — I could care less about the Chase. I would really like to win a race so you feel like you’re qualified and then I think we got six months of racing to do before we got to worry about that. I think it’s probably a little bit early. For me, I haven’t thought about it. Maybe other people have, I just haven’t.”
What’s it feel like to be in the “zone,” Matt?
“Man, I don’t know,” he said. “Whenever, things are clicking it always feels good. I don’t want to say it’s easy, ’cause it’s not. But, you know when things are clicking and communication is good and you got a good feel for what you want and have a good feel for what to get in a car and what changes to make to get you what you want — that’s always fun.”
Who says Kenseth is too vanilla? He’s got a fairly witty side – you just have to wait for it to come out.
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