Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Matt Kenseth sixth or better in past three Martinsville starts

Matt Kenseth is 20/1 to win STP 500 at Martinsville
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

Joe Gibbs Racing has 98 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway earning a total of seven wins, 31 top-five, 51 top-ten finishes, and eight poles. The organization also has led for a total of 3,395 laps and has an average finish of 13.3 at the 0.526-mile short track.

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 30 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has completed 14,901 of 15,034 laps (99.1 percent). Kenseth has led for a total of 409 laps and has earned four top-five and 11 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 Hamburger Helper, Angel Soft, Sun, Colgate, Clorox, Hefty Reynolds Wrap, Stacker2 and Gatorade will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

RACE INFO: The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 29. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Kenseth’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsStartAvg. Finish
Kenseth’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“Martinsville is one of those tracks, like all short tracks actually, where you need to have a car that turns really well, along with having some grip on entry and exit. I have a feeling it’s going to be a little bit different with the reduced horsepower this year. It’s always one of those tracks where you need to remain patient and try to keep your cool all day. Pit road is fairly tight at Martinsville, but it’s honestly just like any other pit road in the sense that it’s easier to pass on pit road at Martinsville than on the track itself. When you have a great pit crew like we do, you want to take advantage of those opportunities to get as much as you can to improve your position from pit road.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“I feel that Martinsville is a big deal to win a race at because you really just fight all day long to survive there. I feel that we’ve had some 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, as an organization, have been strong, so I’m confident that we’ll have a strong run this weekend. 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.”

About Dollar General:
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 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 more than 11,700 stores in 43 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. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

DG at the Track:
Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America, with more than 11,700 stores in 40 states.

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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