Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Kenseth going for fifth 2013 win on 1.5-mile tracks Saturday at Charlotte

Matt Kenseth is 4/1 to win win at Charlotte Saturday night.
Matt Kenseth/No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:
DRIVERS SUPPORT LOCAL READING EFFORTS: Earlier this fall, Dollar General’s Literacy Foundation partnered with Unilever to launch the “Reading Puts You on the Track to Victory” program in three Charlotte-area school districts. More than 6,000 students from 28 schools participated in this year’s program, reading more than 2.8 million minutes. Trackers recorded reading minutes for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The kindergarten class that logged the most minutes received a special classroom appearance from Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Brian Vickers. This week, the two drivers will make their visit to the winning school, Ashley Park Elementary, and read their favorite childhood books.
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 28 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Charlotte, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 14.2, has completed 9,436 of 9,986 (94.5 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 567 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins, seven top-five, and 14 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track.
THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Pringles, First Quality, Hanes, Arrid, Glad, Coca-Cola, Listerine, Bounty and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups will be featured on the pink No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RACE INFO: The Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 12th. The race will be broadcast live on ABC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“I love racing at Charlotte because it’s a great race track and I’ve had some success there in the past. With it being a 1.5-mile track, those are the types of tracks that typically we’ve run decent at, so hopefully we can have a good run Saturday night, stay up front, and stay in the running for the Chase. We’re running a pink No. 20 Toyota this weekend thanks to all the wonderful work Dollar General does to help support breast cancer awareness including their sponsorship of the Dollar General 300 on Friday night. I’m looking forward to this weekend’s race and hope to get a solid run in.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“I was really happy with the first race we had at Charlotte back in May. We led a lot of laps, Matt (Kenseth) felt good about the car, and although we got caught up in a late-race deal there and damaged the car, overall we left that race feeling good about everything. We weren’t too happy with the finish we ended up with, but I feel that Charlotte is another track that our team is looking forward to getting back to. Charlotte is pretty sensitive to weather conditions, but I don’t foresee it being too different from the May race in regards to how it affects our race car this weekend.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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