Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kenseth on how to be successful at Michigan: 'so important to get through the corners well'

Matt Kenseth is 15/1 to win Sunday at Michigan
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

In 30 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 9.8. He’s completed 5,772 of 5,895 (97.9 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 286 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins (2002 & 2006), 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes at MIS.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT MICHIGAN: Joe Gibbs Racing has 95 Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan and has earned seven wins, 28 top-five, and 44 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 701 laps, has an average start of 16.6, an average finish of 15.0, and has completed 17,897 of 18,729 (95.6 percent) laps.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Planter’s Peanuts, Ragu, Scott Products, Gildan, Nestle Drumstick, Sundown Naturals, STP, Air Wick, Slim Jim and Glad will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

RACE INFO: The Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 17th. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
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:
“I’m not really sure how the track itself will differ this weekend at Michigan versus how it was back in June, but our hope is that it changes a bit so that we can start to widen out the lanes a little more like how it was before the repave. One of the keys to Michigan is having a car that can get through the corners fast, as well as being able to get down the straightaways quickly as well. We’ll obviously work on getting our DG Toyota trimmed out to get as much speed as we can from it, but it’s also so important to get through the corners well at Michigan.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“To me the biggest difference between a first and second race at a track during the season is usually the environment, but I think for Michigan this weekend, both race weekends will be pretty comparable to each other in that sense. I think we learned a lot following our performance in June, but I’m looking forward to getting back there this weekend. So far we’ve been better since the off-weekend break a few weeks ago. Michigan is a place that Matt (Kenseth) typically runs well at and enjoys racing at, so that’s always a key factor going into a race weekend, so I’m looking forward to a good weekend.”

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