Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Matt Kenseth is arguably the best active driver at Bristol

Matt Kenseth is 7/1 to win Sunday at Bristol.
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

JOE GIBBS RACING AT BRISTOL: Joe Gibbs Racing has 106 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol and has earned eight wins, 22 top-five, and 38 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 4,534 laps, has an average start of 16.2, an average finish of 18.1, and has completed 49,084 of 52,934 (92.7 percent) laps.

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 32 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 12.8. He’s completed 15,225 of 16,027 (95.0 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 1,430 laps. Kenseth has earned four wins at Bristol, with his most recent win coming in 2015’s Food City 500. He’s also earned two poles, 13 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes at BMS.

DOLLAR GENERAL PARTNER SUPPORT: Dollar General would like to thank vendor partners All, Angel Soft, Betty Crocker, Bugles, Clorox, Colgate, Doritos, Energizer, Gatorade, Hamburger Helper, Hefty, Herbal Essences, Honey Nut Cheerios, M&M’s, Old Spice, Pepsi AMP Boosted, Purex, Snickers, Snuggle, Stacker 2 and Twix for their support of the DG Racing program.

RACE INFO: The Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (0.53-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 17. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Kenseth’s 2016 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
: “Bristol is a place where you walk in and just say “wow” because you look at the banking and the stands are just huge and seem on top of the track that it’s just a really intense place to race. There’s a lot of keys to Bristol, but that track has changed a lot through the years. You obviously want to have the track position at the end for those last restarts and you want to have the outside lane. The inside lane has always been a pretty big deficit there lately to try and make anything happen, especially on restarts. The toughest part about Bristol is being able to finish the pass. You can get enough speed to typically get underneath people, but it’s hard to finish and the top gets so much faster than the rest of the track, particularly from the middle of the race to the finish where passing can get difficult.

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff
: “We love Bristol, but at the same time it’s a love/hate relationship with the place. We obviously had a great spring race at Bristol last year, but had some troubles in the fall that ended our race early. Last year, other than winning the race, I felt that it was a pivotal point in our season. The win kind of got the ball rolling for our team from that point on. Prior to last year’s Food City 500, we had a so-so season I had thought, but once we got this Bristol win under our belt, I felt like our season changed and took off for the better. So here’s hoping that we can have another great weekend at Bristol for this No. 20 DG team.”

DG at the Track:
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- Joe Gibbs Racing

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