Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Matt Kenseth at Dover; hoping build off first top-5 of 2016

Matt Kenseth is 8/1 to win this week at Dover.
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS AT DOVER: In 34 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Dover, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 13.4, has completed 13,000 of 13,609 (95.5 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 856 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins, 15 top-five, 22 top-10 finishes, and three poles at the Monster Mile.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT DOVER: Joe Gibbs Racing has 106 Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover and has earned five wins, 34 top-five, 50 top-ten finishes, and seven poles. The organization has led for a total of 2,502 laps, has an average start of 14.0, an average finish of 16.8, and has completed 39,303 of 43,532 (90.3 percent) laps.

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RACE INFO: The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 15th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“Dover is a very unique race track how you drive down the hill and then up into the corner and then up the hill out of the corner. It’s one of those tracks that is very challenging to get around there fast by yourself, much less when you’re racing other people, but the keys to having a good race there are the same as every other oval race track we go to; you need to be turning in the middle better than everyone else, you need to have good entry stability, and be able to get off the corner well. The transitions into the corner at Dover are probably the most challenging aspect of it. It’s really rough getting into Turn 3, so it’s hard to keep the car off the ground there compared to Turn 1 because there’s a fairly big balance difference. To get those two entries tied together well and stable, while being able to turn the center, those are the biggest challenges for me.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“Dover is my favorite track, and I know I say that every year, but it’s just a great race track. It’s like Bristol on steroids and it’s just such a cool track that I can’t believe there aren’t more tracks out there like it. We haven’t really gotten some of the finishes there that I felt we deserved though. There is a new tire for Dover this weekend and I think that the aero package will be a lot different going there. I think of all the tracks we go to, that with the new tire and the new package, this weekend could be where we see some changes. The corners are so long, and it’s always been an aero-sensitive track, but hopefully this new package will reduce that and create some better racing. In my opinion though, Dover is the best track on the circuit.”

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:
Driver – Matt Kenseth Crew Chief – Jason Ratcliff Car Chief – Jeff Meendering
Engineer – Levi Porter Engineer – Mike Lorusso Shock Specialist –Scott Myers
Mechanic – Chris Sherwood Mechanic – Jason Overstreet Mechanic – Alan Buzze
Engine Tuner – Greg Wilson Tire Specialist – Jerold Shires Spotter – Chris Osborne
Jackman – Jason Tate Gasman – John Eicher Front Tire Changer – John Royer
Front Tire Carrier – Joe Crossen Rear Tire Carrier – Blake Haugland Rear Tire Changer – Adam Hartman
Pit Support – Bill Byrne Pit Support – Jon Williams Pit Support – Alan Copley
Truck Drivers – Dennis Valverde & Tom McCrimmon

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