Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Matt Kenseth going for third Kansas win Saturday night

Kenseth is 8/1 to win at Kansas Saturday night
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway 

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

In 16 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Kenseth has completed 4,006 of 4,220 laps (94.9 percent) and has led for a total of 500 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins, six top-five finishes, and nine top-ten finishes. Kenseth is the defending race winner heading into this weekend’s 5-Hour Energy 400 after he started from the pole in last year’s event. Kenseth has won two of his last three Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas since the track surface was repaved in 2012.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT KANSAS: Joe Gibbs Racing has 45 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas and has earned a total of three wins, seven top-five, 10 top-ten finishes, and one pole. The organization also has led for a total of 294 laps and has an average start of 14.6 and an average finish of 19.3.

DOLLAR GENERAL PARTNER SUPPORT: Dollar General would like to thank vendor partners Angel Soft, Betty Crocker, Brawny, Bugles, Clorox Wipes, Colgate, Energizer, Gain, Gatorade, Hamburger Helper, Hanes, Hefty Reynolds Wrap, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lays, Old Spice, Snuggle, Sparkle, Stacker2, Sun and Windex for their support of the DG Racing program.

RACE INFO: The 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 10. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
                         Races     Wins     Top 5s      Top 10s        Poles        Earnings
Cumulative       16             2             6                    9                 2             $2,463,291

Kenseth’s 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish
Kenseth’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish

From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“I like Kansas since they repaved it. The first race last year, we obviously ran well and won it, but for the second race we had the tire change from Goodyear that we had a really hard time getting a hold of and didn’t run quite as well. I sped on pit road, which hurt us as well last fall, but I’m looking forward to going back there and I don’t know how different it’s going to be. The car has more air on it now with these rules so they are going to be more stable and probably a little easier to drive. Before it was a handful on new tires, and it was hard to find that good balance to be fast at the end and fast at the beginning where you weren’t going to wreck. I’m sure it’s still going to be treacherous, but I’m looking forward to it.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“I expect a good weekend at Kansas. Goodyear has gone back to a tire that’s closer to what we ran there last spring, which is good news for us since Matt actually won both races that we’ve run on that type of tire. Granted the tire is back to what we ran well on, but this year all the rules are so different that you never know what to expect until we get there and unload the car. I feel like we’re gaining on that though, and we learned some things at Darlington for our intermediate race package that we should be able to apply to Kansas this weekend on our Dollar General Toyota.”

About Dollar General:
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and Pepsico.

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