Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Matt Kenseth only one top-10 in 16 Sonoma starts

Matt Kenseth is 50/1 to win at Sonoma.
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS:In 16 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Sonoma Raceway, Matt Kenseth has an average starting position of 17.2, an average finish of 22.1, and has completed 1,712 of 1,771 (96.7 percent) career laps at the 1.99-mile road course and has earned one top-10 finish (eighth in 2008).

JOE GIBBS RACING AT SONOMA: Joe Gibbs Racing has 53 Sprint Cup Series starts at Sonoma Raceway and has earned four wins, 8 top-five, and 17 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 224 laps, has an average start of 15.9, an average finish of 18.0, and completed 5,478 of 5,649 (97.0 percent) laps.

DOLLAR GENERAL PARTNER SUPPORT: Dollar General would like to thank vendor partners Airwick, AmeriGas, Arm & Hammer, Cottonelle, Gildan, Glad, Hellmann’s, Huggies, Kleenex, Lipton, Lysol, Maxwell House, Mucinex, Nestle Drumstick, Nicorette, Oreo, OxiClean, Pepsi, Scott, Slim Jim, Spinbrush, STP, Suave, TUMS, Viva and Xtra for their support of the DG Racing program.
RACE INFO: The Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 26th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, 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
: “Everyone likes to compare Sonoma and Watkins Glen since they’re the only two road courses that we run in a year, but they couldn’t be any more different from each other. Sonoma has always been a challenge for me because it’s very slow and technical where it’s hard to pass at. Road courses lately, with the restarts being two-wide, has become some of the most aggressive racing that we do all year. Sonoma is one of my most challenging tracks on the circuit as far as finishes and stats go, but I always look to go out there and improve every race. I’ve qualified well a bunch of times, but I’ve just never been able to figure out how to put an entire race together at Sonoma. It’s a beautiful part of the country though, and I enjoy going there, but I just need to continue to work on giving my team the feedback they need throughout the weekend.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“The challenge about Sonoma involves quite a few things in order to put together a successful day. Pit strategy is important because it is tough to pass at Sonoma. There are just so many variables that come into play, and very seldom do we see the guy who runs up front all day win the race because someone hit the strategy right or the cautions fell right. For us on the 20 team, they just haven’t lately even though we’ve qualified pretty well with Matt (Kenseth) out there over the last few years. A lot of times we’ll get to the halfway point of the race where I feel like things are going the way they need to for us, and then we get caught by a caution, or something along those lines. When you race at Sonoma, the toughest thing is just sticking to your plan. Sometimes the cautions may fall your way, and sometimes they may not, but we’ll come up with our game plan and stick with that regardless of what happens.”

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 – Tom McCrimmon & Chris Miko

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