Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Matt Kenseth still searching for first career New Hampshire win

Kenseth is 7-to-1 to win this week; it would be his first at New Hampshire

Matt Kenseth/No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota Preview
Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota News and Notes:

In 27 Sprint Cup Series career starts at New Hampshire, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 13.8, has completed 7,873 of 7,950 (99.0 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 122 laps. He has earned five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at the 1.058-mile track.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT LOUDON: Joe Gibbs Racing has 83 Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and has earned five wins, 27 top-five, and 42 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 1,690 laps, has an average start of 14.0, an average finish of 13.1, and has completed 23,865 of 24,570 (97.1 percent) laps.

KENSETH’S MILESTONE WEEKEND: This weekend, Matt Kenseth will make his 500th career Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kenseth currently ranks 32nd on the list of all-time drivers in the series for career starts, and is now the 10th active driver in NASCAR’s top series to have made 500 career starts.

RACE INFO: Coverage of the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 22nd. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“We felt like we learned a lot at Loudon earlier this year, and I thought that our car was really good on the short runs, but not necessarily the long runs. We were able to take away a few things from that July race weekend which we plan to work on heading into this weekend’s events. New Hampshire hasn’t necessarily been one of my best tracks, but historically JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) has done really well there, so I’m looking forward to getting there this weekend and leaning on Denny (Hamlin) and Kyle (Busch) to hopefully get a decent finish in this second race of the Chase.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“Our first race at New Hampshire, I thought we ran well but then we got caught up in a battle between cars ahead of us, and it resulted in us losing our track position. We didn’t wind up finishing where we felt that we should have, but we need to be a little bit better going back there. I think that Matt (Kenseth) feels confident going to Loudon and I know it’s not one of the tracks that he’s particularly happy about, but I felt that based on our first race there, we should be pretty good going back to New Hampshire this weekend.”

No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:
Driver – Matt Kenseth, 
Crew Chief – Jason Ratcliff 
Car Chief – Jason Shapiro
Engineer – Jacob Canter, Mike Lorusso 
Shock Specialist – Scott Myers
Mechanic – Todd Foster, Jesse Sanders, Leo Thorsen
Engine Tuner – Mike Johnson 
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 Changer – Chris Taylor 
Rear Tire Carrier – Eric Groen
EFI Specialist – Jarrad Egert 
Pit Support – Bill Byrne, Tom Dean
Truck Drivers – Dennis Valverde & Tom McCrimmon

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- Joe Gibbs Racing

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