Winning his 2nd to last race, Matt Kenseth fought off tears

From victory lane, Matt Kenseth fought off tears

It might be his 2nd to last race, yet he won it.

“It’s been quite a journey from my first one to my last one next week. Nothing feels better than winning”

But, his family wasn’t there. He was asked what he wanted to say to his wife and kids at home.

“We joke sometimes about people showing affection on TV and twitter. We usually do it in person. But, yeah, I obviously wish you guys were here.

Matt Kenseth wins at Phoenix Raceway
AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 12: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Circle K Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

20 minutes later. The tears were gone and the jokes were back in full effect.

When was the last time you cried, before today?

“Before today? I wish you wouldn’t have said that last part. I would have said 20 minutes ago,” Matt Kenseth states to a question from Bob Pockrass from the media center.

“I don’t know. I try, never to let anybody see me cry. I’m kind of an emotional guy, honestly. I just try to hide it well. That’s why I always sit in the back row of the drivers’ meeting.”

Reports are eager to get their questions in. They start yelling out questions. Kenseth jumps in, “This is Bob’s turn. If you could raise you hand, say your name an affiliation. We’d really appreciate you to follow the rules. Or we’re going to fine you a dock you two rows in here, or something.” The media center erupts in laughter.

Winning at Phoenix Raceway

“Today was a really special day for me. To know, that almost for sure, next week is my last week behind the wheel.”

“There’s a lot of things I don’t really understand. But, I probably knew around August that it wasn’t meant for me to be racing anymore at this level. I probably fought it for too long and looked at different opportunities and things.”

Not many people get to go out in good cars and win races.

-Matt Kenseth

“Not many people get to go out in good cars and win races. If anything it reaffirms my decision to go out.”


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