Kenseth comments on Richmond incident that put him out of race

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Hurricane Harvey Relief Toyota, has his car worked on after a crash during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 9, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

What happened there coming to pit road?

"Well we were all just kind of coming to pit road and I saw an ambulance sitting there and so I looked left of the ambulance at the same time (Jason) Hedlesky (spotter) yelled at everyone to stop there was an ambulance just sitting there. It was an accordion effect and I just couldn't get stopped. Not really sure why pit road was open with an ambulance parked there, but everybody stopped and I didn't see it in time and ran into the car in front of me."

Could you think of a more frustrating end to the race?

"We're not out there to end the race so that was frustrating. We were pretty decent early on and kind of lost the handle again kind of like the last race once we got back in traffic. I shouldn't have been back there to start with and maybe I wouldn't have gotten in a wreck."

How would you explain what happened?

"We were all getting on pit road and I didn't feel like I was going that fast and there's an ambulance parked out there, so everybody stopped. I just couldn't get stopped in time."

Will you watch the rest of the race now to see if you get in?

"Well, I'll watch it. I don't have anything else to do. Can't go home until it's over, so, yeah, I mean obviously I hope we get in. Ran good early on, didn't run as good that run and I got ourselves behind to get us in that spot to start with, so hopefully we'll make it in, but if we don't there's still 10 weeks left and we're going to go out and get some wins."

Why has there been a safety vehicle impacting pit stops at Richmond two races in a row?

"Well, I mean I don't think they should open pit road if there's an ambulance parked there. It's a very narrow entry. Pit road speed is pretty fast - 45 miles an hour or something - and, you know, still I shouldn't have hit the car in front of me, but I can't say I was expecting to see an ambulance blocking me, so by the time I looked up and saw him parked there and they were stopping in front of me, I tried the best I could to stop and couldn't."

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