Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Matt Kenseth going for third Kansas win, first top-five of 2016

Matt Kenseth is 10/1 this Saturday at Kansas Speedway.
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS:In 20 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Kansas Speedway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 13.8, has completed 5,076 of 5,290 (96.0 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 655 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins, six top-five finishes, and 11 top-ten finishes and has won two of his last seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas since the track surface was repaved in 2012.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT KANSAS: Joe Gibbs Racing has 59 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas and has earned three wins, 10 top-five, and 17 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 470 laps, has an average start of 14.7, an average finish of 18.2, and has completed 14,806 of 15,605 (94.9 percent) laps.

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 GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 7th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN 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 Kenset
h: “The track has actually been changing out at Kansas pretty well since it’s getting worn in now since the repave. When they paved the track, cars were racing single-file, but now it’s really widened out again. I think the key is to have that balance where you have decent speed on the front side of the run as well as the back side of the run. You also need your car to be versatile enough to be able to run high. That kind of hurt me at Kansas last fall because I wasn’t able to run high well enough and was too free to be able to do that. The challenge of Kansas is to find the right line and the right grip in order to get your car set-up in that area, but also being able to move around and pass when necessary. We always enjoy Saturday night races since it gives us a chance to be home on a Sunday, but it will be really nice to be able to be with the girls and celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend at home together.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff
: “Ever since they paved Kansas a few years ago, it’s been different, and not like other 1.5-miles we go to like Atlanta, Texas, and Charlotte. It’s different with that progressive banking, and now that the track’s aged a little bit, you’ll see guys starting to race closer to the top of the track. Kansas has been a good track for our No. 20 team overall. We’ve had some good races there, and we were able to earn the win there in 2013. We’ll have a new tire for this weekend so you never know what you’re going to get until we get on track with it. We had a decent run at Kansas last year, so if we can build off that, I think that it should be a good race for our DG team.”

DG at the Track:

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