Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Matt Kenseth on Bristol Night Race: 'It seems like the racing is more intense for the night race'

Matt Kenseth led 85 laps in spring Bristol race, but finished 35th
Matt Kenseth/No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

This week Citizen Eco-Drive introduces the Matt Kenseth Limited Edition Primo. Each box set features interchangeable genuine leather straps and a unique case back with the signature and racing number of Matt Kenseth, two-time DAYTONA 500® Champion and Citizen Eco-Drive Ambassador. Red accents on the watch are complemented by a checkered flag pattern on the back of the strap and etched on the case. Production limited to 5,000 pieces. For more information go to www.citizenwatch.com.

IT’S BRISTOL BABY: In 27 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kenseth has completed 13,101 of 13,513 laps (97.0 percent). Kenseth ranks fifth of active series drivers for laps led at Bristol with a total of 1,007 laps. Kenseth has an average starting position of 16.8 and ranks 7th of active Sprint Cup Series drivers with an average finish of 12.9. Victories in both 2005 and 2006 mark Kenseth’s best finishes at the half-mile high-banked track.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Nestle Drumstick, Colgate, Ragu, Sundown Naturals, Glad Trash, Huggies, Slim Jim, Oreo, STP, Mucinex, Maxwell House, Gildan and Alpo will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

RACE INFO: The IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol (0.533-mile) begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 24th. The race will be broadcast live on ABC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:

Matt Kenseth:
““The first Bristol race is early in the season, it’s during the day and it’s cooler. Then we go back in the middle of the summer and it’s hot and nighttime, so the cars always look faster — you see the sparks flying and all that. It’s a really cool atmosphere I think for a race fan as well as for the teams and drivers as well. The track of course, the way Bristol’s shaped and being later in the year, everybody’s patience is a little thinner. It seems like the racing is more intense for the night race, and Bristol leads to close racing, frustration, and all that kind of stuff that’s fun to watch.”

From the Pit Box:

Jason Ratcliff:
“I thought that we were really good in the spring race but obviously we got caught up in that deal with the No. 24. I felt like we had a strong car though that was capable of contending for the win otherwise. You never know about Bristol though because things can change so quickly there. We’re excited about going back there and I feel like we need to hit the reset button after this last stretch of big tracks we’ve been at, so I feel that this weekend will be good. I think even though it’s such a competitive weekend, I think this will be a breath of fresh air if we can be as competitive as we were earlier this year.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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