Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Surpsingly, Matt Kenseth has never won at Atlanta

Matt Kenseth has done well on all 1.5-mile tracks this season
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota Preview
AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota News and Notes:

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 24 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 12.7, has completed 7,407 of 7,750 (95.6 percent) career laps. Kenseth has earned eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at Atlanta earning his best finish of second in March of 2010.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT ATLANTA: Joe Gibbs Racing has 81 Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway earning 10 wins, 25 top-five, and 37 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 2,362 laps, has an average start of 17.1, an average finish of 15.4, and has completed 25,237 of 26,181 (96.4 percent) laps at the 1.54-mile track located in Hampton, Georgia.

KENSETH TIME: 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.

RACE INFO: The AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 1st. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“Atlanta’s surface is really, really worn out but I think that these new cars are going to be the same and fast there just like everywhere else so far this year. I think you’ll see with new tires, the real fast runs have close to qualifying speeds, but the track is so worn out that a lot of it depends on the tire and the weather conditions. I think you’ll have a lot of fall off, and at the end of the run, everybody will be slipping and sliding. Everyone will be pretty slow, which is really good and it’s really great for racing.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“We did the tire confirmation test a few weeks ago at Atlanta for Goodyear, and I think that things went ok. I feel like we had a few questions answered going into the test with the new tire we’re running there this weekend. We were able to learn a little bit about this entirely new tire and what the differences might be in order, to quantify that compared to what we ran there in the past. We didn’t leave Atlanta pounding our chests, but I feel confident going back that we’ll be better than we tested. We left there knowing that we had some work to do before we returned this weekend. I just want to be better than what we tested, but it was really good for us to get some laps there leading into this weekend.”

About Husky Tools:
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- Joe Gibbs Racing

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