|Matt Kenseth is 10-to-1 co-favorite to win Sunday|
DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:
TWO-TIME LOOKING FOR THREE: Two-time Daytona 500 Champion, Matt Kenseth returns to the 2.5-mile superspeedway as one of only 10 drivers in NASCAR history who have won this prestigious race more than once. Kenseth will look to return to Victory Lane at the historic track in the sport’s most esteemed race for the third time in his career. In last year’s Daytona 500, Kenseth led for a total of 86 laps when engine woes took him out of the race.
KENSETH’S DOUBLE-DUTY: In addition to competing in Sunday’s Daytona 500, Kenseth will also pilot the No. 20 Reser’s Main St. Bistro Toyota in Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Kenseth’s last Nationwide Series start at Daytona in July of 2013 found the driver earning his second win in the series at the track.
JOE GIBBS RACING AT DAYTONA: Joe Gibbs Racing has 93 Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona earning a total of four wins, 20 top-five, and 30 top-ten finishes. The organization also has led for a total of 1,248 laps, has an average start of 15.4 and an average finish of 20.2 at the 2.5-mile historic high-banked track.
THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Gatorade, Old Spice, Hefty Reynolds Wrap, Stacker2, Hamburger Helper, Sparkle, Clorox and Hanes will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
RACE INFO: The Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth: “The Daytona 500 is such a unique race and honestly we won’t really know a game plan until Thursday’s Duel races. Just like every year, you prepare hard for the (Daytona) 500 because it’s the biggest race of the year. We’re down there for a week-and-a-half so you prepare as hard as you can so that you have a chance to try and win that race. I’m looking forward to getting the season started with our Dollar General team and being able to build on the great season we had last year together.”
From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff: “After such a successful run last year until our troubles late in the race, it would be nice to get a great finish this year in the (Daytona) 500. I feel like our cars are just as strong as they were last year. If we can go into this week and pick up where we left off last season, hopefully we can finish up a few more laps to get to the end and have a real shot at it. The good news is that the rule changes for this season don’t apply at Daytona, so keeping the same rules for the most part from last year’s race, makes it much easier on the teams heading into this week.”
- Joe Gibbs Racing