Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kenseth likes the changing conditions on track during Coca-Cola 600

Matt Kenseth is 10/1 to win Coca-Cola 600
Matt Kenseth/No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota Preview
Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

No. 20 Husky Toyota News and Notes:

: In 29 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Charlotte, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 13.8, has completed 9,770 of 10,320 (94.7 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 568 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins, eight top-five, and 15 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT CHARLOTTE: Joe Gibbs Racing has 92 Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway including four wins, 36 top-five, and 56 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 2,596 laps, has an average start of 13.8, and an average finish of 11.7 at the team’s hometown track.

KENSETH’S DOUBLE-DUTY: In addition to competing in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, Kenseth will also pilot the No. 20 GameStop/Mario Kart 8 Toyota in Saturday’s History 300 at Charlotte. Kenseth’s last Nationwide Series start at the track was in October of 2013 when he earned a top-five finish.

RACE INFO: The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday,
Kenseth’s 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
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Kenseth’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
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From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“Honestly, the 600 has always been one of my favorite races but it’s obviously unique and different than any other race that we run because we start during the day and end at night. It’s really important to stay on top of the track changes as the sun starts to go down and we get into the night time. The differences in the track conditions you go through during the race can really provide a lot of challenges since it’s usually pretty hot and slick before the track cools down. It’s a fun event, but you also get to see what everyone is made of since it’s our longest race of the season, and there’s a lot going on in the over four hours that we are racing.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“I felt like we ran well last weekend in the All-Star Race and we had a decent finish with our car running better at the end of that race. With track conditions the way they were last weekend, it’ll be fairly similar to what we experience in the 600 this weekend. I feel like we know where we need to be once the track cools off at night so now it’s just a matter of fine-tuning on that. I was pleased with the way last weekend ended, and I’m looking forward to this weekend. I think that we’re bringing a little better race car as well this week, so we should have a good Sunday in the longest race of the season.”

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