Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Matt Kenseth getting closer to first Martinsville win

Matt Kenseth is 12/1 to win at Martinsville Sunday
Matt Kenseth/No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

Joe Gibbs Racing has 95 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway earning a total of seven wins, 31 top-five, 49 top-ten finishes, and eight poles. The organization also has led for a total of 3,325 laps and has an average finish of 13.5 at the 0.526-mile short track.

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 29 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has completed 14,401 of 14,534 laps (99.1 percent). Kenseth has led for a total of 407 laps and has earned four top-five and 10 top-ten finishes at the half-mile track. A runner-up finish is Kenseth’s career best finish at Martinsville, which he earned in April 2002 and October 2013.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Bounty, First Quality, Cheez-It, Reese’s, Listerine, Pedigree, Eckrich, Xtra and Coca-Cola will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
RACE INFO: The Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 26th. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Kenseth’s 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish

Kenseth’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“We really need to go to Martinsville this weekend and have a good run while also doing the things that I know we’re capable of doing these final four weeks of the season. I really am looking forward to going to Martinsville, because looking at the next three races, I really feel the most confident heading into this weekend. It is a track however that you can have a lot of trouble and where things can go wrong, so hopefully we can get a solid run in on Sunday. We actually were leading the race last year towards the end, but then Jeff (Gordon) ended up beating me. It was really fun to battle with him up front, and I was just happy to be challenging for the lead at a track that has always been a challenge for me.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“Martinsville is kind of like Bristol in the sense where it’s a big deal to win a race there because you really just fight to survive. I feel that we’ve had three great races there since Matt (Kenseth) has joined the No. 20 team where we were able to lead for a lot of laps. I think that we have an opportunity to win there because our cars have been great. I think that everyone was still caught off guard in the spring this year with the new rules package and that the track wasn’t rubbering up as well as it had in the past. Martinsville is very temperamental to the outdoor temps, but I’m looking forward to our weekend and know that we have a strong DG Toyota that we’re bringing with us.”

DG at the Track:
Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America, with more than 11,500 stores in 40 states.

About Dollar General:
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 11,500 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and Pepsico.

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- Joe Gibbs Racing

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