Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Matt Kenseth looking for fourth Fontana victory

Matt Kenseth is 7/1 to win at Fontana on Sunday
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Fontana, Kenseth has completed 4,982 of 4,984 laps (99.9 percent) and has led for a total of 507 laps. Kenseth leads active Sprint Cup Series drivers in top-ten finishes (14) at Auto Club Speedway and is ranked third among drivers for his number of wins (three). Kenseth has earned three wins, eight top-five, and 14 top-ten finishes at the two-mile track.

TOYOTA MOTORSPORTS DAY: On Thursday, March 20th, Kenseth and fellow Toyota Racing drivers in both the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series will visit Toyota’s corporate offices in Torrance, CA for Toyota Motorsports Day. This will mark Kenseth’s second visit to the facility to visit with Toyota employees.
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RACE INFO: The Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 23. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“I feel like when you get back from California you kind of have a pretty good idea where you stack up compared to your competition because you’ve been on a superspeedway, you’ve been on a flat mile, and you’ve been at an intermediate. After this weekend, you kind of get an idea where you are and where you need to improve. There’s a lot going on at Fontana, and the seams in the track surface are a big deal there. The track is really worn out so there’s a lot of fall-off on the tires. It’s definitely one that you can change your line, change your approach, find grip, lose grip, find speed and all that kind of stuff. It’s like every track where you have to have the car right, but certainly there’s a lot of options when you go there of where you can run.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“Matt (Kenseth) has done really well at Fontana in the past, and I was honestly really disappointed in our finish last year. We just didn’t run as well as I had hoped, and we got a decent finish out of it finishing seventh, but I know it’s one of the tracks that is always at the top of Matt’s list of places he enjoys racing at. I feel that we can improve on our performance from last year, especially knowing that our teammates were able to win last year’s race, we have a better direction as to what we need to do. We’re looking to go and redeem ourselves from what I felt was a poor run in 2013 and hopefully put ourselves in a position to win this weekend at Fontana.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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