Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Matt Kenseth going for fifth 1.5-mile track win of season at Texas

Kenseth is a two-time winner at Texas; he's 4/1 to win Sunday
Matt Kenseth/No. 20 Home Depot “Let’s Do This” Toyota Preview
AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

No. 20 Home Depot Toyota News and Notes:

Joe Gibbs Racing has 67 Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway and has earned four wins, 16 top-five, and 27 top-ten finishes. The organization also has led for a total of 1,214 laps, has an average start of 16.4 and an average finish of 16.6 at the 1.5-mile track in Fort Worth, Texas.

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: Kenseth is the top active driver in the Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway with the best average finish (8.5), the most laps led (772), most top five (12) and top-ten (15) finishes. Kenseth has completed 7,307 of 7,359 (99.3 percent) career laps at Texas in the Sprint Cup Series and has won twice there (April 2002 and 2011).

RACE INFO: The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 3rd. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“Everyone wants to run well when they come to Texas because it’s always a big race weekend. There are five 1.5-mile tracks in the Chase, and with Texas and Homestead being important races, that’s why we decided to test leading into those two tracks. You never know what’s going to happen each weekend because every track is different, and every race is unique, but I always love coming to Texas and I’m looking forward to this weekend’s races.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“We didn’t run as well as I had hoped for at Texas earlier this season, so I felt like it was a good place to go test. I felt like we improved on a few things based off our time on track, and we definitely left better than we had arrived. During our test last week, we ran through a lot of our list, but I left the test being a little concerned with the tire. Obviously we had an issue with a right-front tire on our last day of the test, but I’m hoping that was an isolated incident. I think we’re going to have a better car going back this time around. Texas is a place where Matt (Kenseth) runs well at if you get him a car that’s close, he’s able to go and compete for the win, so I’m hoping for good things this weekend.”

About The Home Depot:
When it was founded in 1978 by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, The Home Depot began changing consumers’ perspectives about how they could care for and improve their homes. The Company created the “do-it-yourself” concept, spawning an entire industry that now spans the globe.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,259 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, and Mexico. In fiscal 2012, The Home Depot had sales of $74.8 billion and earnings of $4.5 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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