Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Matt Kenseth close to first Martinsville win

Matt Kenseth is 8/1 to win at Martinsville. 
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

JOE GIBBS RACING AT MARTINSVILLE: Joe Gibbs Racing has 110 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway earning a total of nine wins, 37 top-five, 58 top-ten finishes, and eight poles. The organization also has led for a total of 3,910 laps and has an average finish of 13.2 at the 0.526-mile short track.
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 33 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has completed 16,344 of 16,534 laps (98.9 percent). Kenseth has led for a total of 465 laps and has earned five top-five and 12 top-ten finishes at the half-mile track. A runner-up finish is Kenseth’s career best finish at Martinsville, which he earned in April 2002 and October 2013.
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RACE INFO: The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 30th. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“I look forward to going to Martinsville because it’s been a pretty good race track for us since I came over to JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing). It’s a place where I feel like we’ve been in the mix a fair amount and we’ve kind of been a threat to have a shot at winning even though we don’t have all the results there that we wanted, but I feel that it’s been a place that has been pretty good for us. The entire track is so unique because it’s the smallest track we go to and it doesn’t have any banking, so it’s just completely different than anywhere else that we go. Martinsville is really the only true slow and slick short track where you actually have to manage tires and it makes it unique. We ran really well at Martinsville in the spring and I thought we had a shot to win but we just caught a caution late when we were running second, and we restarted on old tires on the outside groove and I just could never get back to the bottom lane. It was a disappointing finish but overall, it was very encouraging and one of my better runs there.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff
: “Martinsville has become one of Matt’s (Kenseth) best tracks in recent years and it’s a place that I’ve also started to look forward to. I feel that as a group JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) also typically runs pretty well at Martinsville. I thought that we ran very well in the spring race, and I think that in this next round of the Chase, I feel that Martinsville is the one that we’re looking at as one that we feel we may have the best shot at. We just were stuck in the wrong lane for the final restart this past spring at Martinsville, otherwise, I really feel that we would have finished in the top three or four. It’s always a little different coming back to Martinsville in the fall since the track can be very sensitive on how it takes rubber and that of course can affect what you need in the later laps of the race. We’ll be keeping an eye on the weather for this weekend and then try to plan accordingly, but I think that our notes from the spring race will be a good starting spot for us to work from.”

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