Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Matt Kenseth's 10.6 average Michigan finish is second-best among active drivers

Matt Kenseth is 12/1 to win for third time at Michigan.
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS AT MICHIGAN: In 31 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 10.7. He’s completed 5,942 of 6,095 (97.5 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 98 Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan and has earned seven wins, 28 top-five, and 45 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 701 laps, has an average start of 16.7, an average finish of 15.4, and has completed 18,426 of 19,329 (95.3 percent) laps.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Glad, Slim Jim, Lipton, Oreo, STP, Gildan, Arm & Hammer, Sundown Naturals, Huggies, Airwick, Nestle Drumstick and Pepsi will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

RACE INFO: The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET onSunday, August 14th. 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:
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Kenseth’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
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From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth
: “Michigan has finally started to widen out a little bit since they paved it, because it was very difficult to pass there, but I really feel that the surface has improved. The keys to having a good weekend at Michigan is just being able to pass, and being able to get into the corners fast as well. Both ends of the track are different and the banking changes from the bottom to the middle, so it can affect your handling a little bit, but the hardest part of Michigan lately has just been traffic. You of course want to be fast in clean air, but you need to be able to manage traffic and restarts.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff
: “It seems that over the last couple of races at Michigan that the track has begun to widen out once the race gets going. That gives drivers more room to work around, which at a track like Michigan where it’s so very aero-dependent, you really need that. If the racing surface was only one lane, it would really be tough, but the track just keeps getting better since it was repaved. I feel that our program this year has been pretty good on the 1.5-mile and bigger tracks, so it should be a good one for us. We had a great run going in California, and while they’re not the same track of course, Michigan and California have very similar traits for them both being two-mile tracks on the circuit. All in all, I think that it should be a good weekend for our DG team.”

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