Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kenseth going for second straight Bristol win and fourth of career

Kenseth is 8/1 to win Sunday
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota Preview
Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway
No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota News and Notes:

: In 28 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kenseth has completed 13,601 of 14,013 laps (97.1 percent). Kenseth ranks fourth of active series drivers for laps led at Bristol with a total of 1,156 laps. Kenseth has an average starting position of 16.4 and ranks fifth of active Sprint Cup Series drivers with an average finish of 12.5. Victories in 2005, 2006 and 2013 mark Kenseth’s best finishes at the half-mile high-banked track. Kenseth most recently won last year’s August night race at Bristol, but has never won the spring event.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT BRISTOL: Joe Gibbs Racing has 92 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol earning a total of seven wins, 19 top-five, and 32 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 3,741 laps, and has an average start and finish of 17.8 at the high-banked short-track.
RACE INFO: The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 16th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth: “We crashed out late in this race last year, but before that happened, I thought that we had a really great race car all weekend. We had such a fast car last spring, as well as last August, and we were fortunate enough to hold on and win the second race. Actually, we had two pretty spectacular race cars for both Bristol races last year and I’m hoping to continue that with our Husky Toyota for this coming weekend. It’s a track that I really like racing at, and the Gibbs (Joe Gibbs Racing) cars seem to run really well at Bristol, so I’m really looking forward to getting there this weekend.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff: “I thought that we had very competitive cars last year at Bristol for both of the race weekends. We ran up front in the spring race, but obviously we got caught up in that deal with the No. 24 as we were leading. I felt like we had a strong car though that was capable of contending for the win otherwise. Fortunately, we came back in August with another fast race car, and were lucky enough to get the win. You never know about Bristol though because things can change so quickly there, but I’m excited about going back this year and seeing how our car stacks up this weekend with the new rules in place this season.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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