Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Worn-out Atlanta surface makes it fun for Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth is 8/1 to win at Atlanta on Sunday
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

In 26 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 12.3. He’s completed 8,067 of 8,410 (95.9 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 306 laps. Kenseth has earned nine top-five, 15 top-10 finishes, and one pole award at the 1.54-mile track.

Joe Gibbs Racing has 87 Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta and has earned 11 wins, 28 top-five, and 40 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 2,488 laps, has an average start of 16.4, an average finish of 15.2, and has completed 27,123 of 28,161 (96.3 percent) laps.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Clorox, Colgate, Bugles, Combat, Stacker2, Hefty Reynolds Wrap, Quilted Northern, Old Spice, Wisk and Gatorade will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

RACE INFO: The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 1. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.
Kenseth’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
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Kenseth’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
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From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“Atlanta is one of the most worn-out surfaces that we go to, so it’s fun, but you need to be decent at the beginning of a run, and also decent at the end of a run on old tires. It’s often hard to find that balance with your race car because these races can come down to short runs. With the older pavement, Atlanta isn’t as fast as it used to be, but it’s still a really fun place for us to race. With no offseason testing, we’re not really sure how the new rules package will work out until we get a few weeks of racing under our belts, so there’s a lot that we just don’t entirely know yet.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“We’re back to a day race in Atlanta, and early in the season, which I actually liked when we used to race there early on in the schedule years ago. I’m looking forward to this weekend because the track isn’t too far from home for us, so it’s a short trip there, and it’s a nice way to get our season started. We’ll have a four-hour test day on Thursday, leading into the weekend, which should be pretty helpful in letting teams get their hands around this new car a little more before we race it. This weekend will also be the first time that we’ll really get to see how drivers can work from inside the car to help with adjustments. The great thing about Matt (Kenseth) is that he understands what we should do and how to approach changes. Our main focus will be to make sure that we communicate effectively with him about what changes he’s making from inside the DG Camry so that we can make other appropriate adjustments throughout the race.”

DG at the Track:
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- Joe Gibbs Racing

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