Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Matt Kenseth looking for back-to-back Pocono wins

Matt Kenseth is 10/1 to win at Pocono Raceway.
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes: 

In 32 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Pocono, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 15.2, has completed 5,812 of 5,907 (98.4 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 60 laps. Kenseth earned his first win in August of 2015, and has four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes at “The Tricky Triangle.”

Joe Gibbs Racing has 106 Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono and has earned 10 wins, 25 top-five, and 48 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 1,115 laps, has an average start of 12.4, an average finish of 16.1, and has completed 18,442 of 19,666 (93.8 percent) laps.

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RACE INFO: The Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile) begins at1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 5th. 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 Kenseth
: “To be successful at Pocono, it’s honestly the same keys as every other race, but Pocono can provide a few more challenges. Sometimes it turns into a fuel mileage race and all three corners of the track are very unique. It seems that most people tend to focus on Turn 3 to get down the long frontstretch, but I feel that you have to be good in Turn 1 there as well. The difference in balance between Turn 1 and Turn 3 is always pretty big. Being good in Turn 3 and also Turn 1 so that you can still get a run and hopefully set someone up for a pass, those are the key areas I look at. The straightaways at Pocono are just so long that if you happen to mess up a little in the corner, or you step over that line a little bit and get out of the gas, the penalty could be large.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“I think with this year’s new aero package, it will be a big change at Pocono this weekend versus what we had last year. The track is so fast, but at the same time the frontstretch is so long that you need to use a fair amount of brake there getting into Turn 1, but with the reduction in downforce, that probably has decreased. We also have a different tire this weekend than we had last year, so there’s enough differences that I would anticipate it to be substantially different from 2015. We had two really good races at Pocono last year for our No. 20, and got the win in August, so this has definitely been a place that we have improved at. We always used to come to Pocono with high expectations, and it’s just nice to know that we’ve had some strong runs under our belts there recently.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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