|Matt Kenseth is 8/1 to win at Michigan Sunday.|
FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS AT MICHIGAN: In 33 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 10.2. He’s completed 6,280 of 6,433 (97.6 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 435 laps. Kenseth has earned three wins (2002, 2006, & 2015), 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes at MIS.
JOE GIBBS RACING AT MICHIGAN: Joe Gibbs Racing has 106 Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan and has earned eight wins, 31 top-five, and 49 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 906 laps, has an average start of 16.0, an average finish of 15.1, and has completed 19,692 of 20,681 (95.2 percent) laps.
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RACE INFO: The FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET onSunday, June 12th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth: “There’s been a lot of changes at Michigan: they’ve paved it, they’ve changed the tire, we’ve had different aero packages there the last few races, so I think this weekend with this aero package you’re going to need to be good in traffic and versatile enough to move around. Hopefully the higher lines are going to start to come in as the track ages a little bit. It’s such a moving target at Michigan. Last time we raced there we had those really big spoilers and that high drag aero package where the hardest thing was passing. It was really hard to maneuver or do anything for that matter whenever you were behind someone. I don’t think it’s going to be like that this weekend though with the less downforce, I actually think that it’s going to be easier to pass. I think that the main thing that we’re going to need to keep up on is the race track, the different lines, and finding where the most grip is.”
From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff: “There’s another aero package change going into this weekend, and I thought as a group, that we did a good job getting our hands around that last year. This aero change is different from the one we worked with last year of course. The one last year was more drag, and maybe a little more downforce. This year’s is less drag and a lot less downforce, but I think that directionally, it’s going to be more of what we need at Michigan. Michigan is so unique because it’s wide and it’s fast, and seems like it’s always been a place that puts on a good race. It’s a track where once the race gets going, drivers have a lot of different options, which seems to ultimately be better for racing. I think that trying this new aero change at Michigan is the right place to do it because it will give us good feedback to how cars handle at those speeds. I believe that the main corner speeds will be down significantly this weekend, and we’ll see handling play a much bigger role throughout a run, along with a lot of passing.”
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