Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Matt Kenseth looking to go back-to-back at Chicagoland

Matt Kenseth is 12/1 to win Sunday at Chicagoland
Matt Kenseth/No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview 400 at Chicagoland Speedway
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

Joe Gibbs Racing has 36 Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicagoland Speedway and has earned four wins, 11 top-five, and 14 top-ten finishes. The organization also has led for a total of 727 laps, has an average start of 15.8 and an average finish of 16.8 at the 1.5-mile track located in Joliet, Illinois.

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 13 Sprint Cup Series starts at Chicago, Kenseth has completed 3,470 of 3,474 laps (99.9 percent) and has led for a total of 437 laps. Kenseth earned his first career win at Chicago last September and is the defending race winner heading into this weekend. Along with his victory, the driver of the No. 20 has earned three top five, five top-10 finishes, and one pole award.

GOLFING “FORE” THE DG LITERACY FOUNDATION: On Monday, September 8th, Kenseth participated in the 22nd Annual Dollar General Literacy Foundation Golf Classic in Nashville, Tennessee. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Golf Classic has raised over $17.1 million in support of literacy initiatives throughout Dollar General’s operating market.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Pampers, Butcher’s Selects, Eckrich, OxiClean, Glad, PopTarts, Coke Zero and Reese’s will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

RACE INFO: The 400 at Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 14th. 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:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“We tested at Chicago a few weeks ago and I thought it went okay. I feel like we’ve been gaining on it in performance. We’ve been able to run in the top-five with pretty good runs lately, and if you can run up in the top-five and keep putting yourself in position enough times, hopefully you eventually will get those wins. I think we feel pretty good as a group going to Chicago though. I thought at Loudon (N.H.) we all ran really well, so I think we feel pretty good about going there as well. You do want to go to Chicago and get a good start to the Chase. You want to go get a good finish, or even better, a win to get the thing started off on the right foot for sure, so we’re going to try and do that this weekend at Chicago.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“We went and tested at Chicago a few weeks ago, and I thought it was a good test. I’m a little worried that the temperatures when we were there may not be the same as when we go there this weekend, but we’ll see. Overall, I thought our test went really well. With the ride height rule and the tire change, this weekend’s race will be a lot different than what we raced at Chicago last year. For me personally, I was a little caught off guard when we started our test. Once everything rubbered up and we got into our test a bit more, I thought we ended our test on a high note.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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