Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Matt Kenseth on Michigan: "Racing this weekend will be similar to Kansas"

Matt Kenseth last won at Michigan in 2006
Matt Kenseth/No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota Preview
Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway

No. 20 Husky Toyota News and Notes:
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 27 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 9.6 which ranks him second of all active drivers in the series. Kenseth has completed 5,172 of 5,295 (97.7 percent) career laps, has led for a total of 284 laps. He has earned two wins, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at the 2.0-mile track located in Brooklyn, Michigan.

FATHER’S DAY MUST-HAVES: Every dad deserves the best, so this Father’s Day, make sure you get yours a few of the Husky Tool must-haves from The Home Depot:
* The Husky 7-Piece SAE Universal Ratcheting Wrench Set features a steel construction for durability and a chrome finish to resist corrosion.
* This Husky 26-Piece Screwdriver Set includes 7 slotted tips, 6 Phillips tips, 5 Torx tips, a scratch awl, an offset screwdriver, a 4-way pocket keychain, and 5 SAE nut drivers ranging from 3/16 in. to 7/16 in.
* The Husky 2 Ton Hydraulic Trolley Jack comes with a blow molded case so you can easily store your jack when you don’t need to use it. Lifts 2 tons (4,000 lbs.) with minimum height of 5 in. to a maximum height of 13 in. Painted black, it comes with a removable handle.
* The Husky 46 in. 9-Drawer Mobile Work Center provides a variety of options for your tool storage needs. The solid wood top makes a beautiful and durable work surface area. The full-width drawer is designed to accommodate longer items that most tool boxes can’t.

RACE INFO: Coverage of the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 16th. The race will be broadcast live on TNT, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:

Matt Kenseth: “I always look forward to the races at Michigan because I like returning to the Midwest and being around all those great fans in that section of the country. Michigan is a big sweeping track with lots room to race, and since the repave, it’s been a very fast race track for us. We’ll see how the track has weathered over this past winter, but I feel like the racing at MIS this weekend will be similar to Kansas was earlier this year, and a very entertaining race.”

From the Pit Box:

Jason Ratcliff: “For Michigan you have to have the aero package, the handling, and good horsepower to have a good weekend there. Since the repave, we had a ton of grip that first race on the new surface and it turned into just wanting a fast race car. The second race at Michigan last year, we had a different tire for that race, but I found that the grip level had gone down since the June race. Handling is going to be even more of a factor now as this track has aged again. I think that the track will have less grip after this past winter, but we’re not really sure how the track has changed until we get out for practice on Friday. Our thought process for this weekend is to unload close to our Kansas set-ups and use that as a baseline to work from and tweak as necessary for the differences between those two tracks.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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