Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Matt Kenseth going for fourth Fontana win on Sunday

Matt Kenseth was on pole in 2014; he's 12/1 to win Auto Club 400 Sunday 
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Preview
Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway

No. 20 DEWALT Toyota News and Notes:

In 22 Sprint Cup Series starts at Fontana, Kenseth has completed 5,188 of 5,190 laps (99.9 percent) and has led for a total of 526 laps. Kenseth leads active Sprint Cup Series drivers in top-ten finishes (15) at Auto Club Speedway and is ranked third among drivers for his number of top-5 finishes (three). Kenseth has earned three wins, nine top-five, and 15 top-ten finishes at the two-mile track.

TOYOTA MOTORSPORTS DAY: On Thursday, March 19th, Kenseth along with fellow Toyota Racing drivers in both the Sprint Cup and the XFINITY Series will visit Toyota’s corporate offices in Torrance, CA for Toyota Motorsports Day. This will mark Kenseth’s third visit to the facility to visit with Toyota employees.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT FONTANA: Joe Gibbs Racing has 65 Sprint Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway earning a total of two wins, 16 top-five, and 27 top-ten finishes. The organization also has led for a total of 751 laps, has an average start of 15.2 and an average finish of 16.5 at the 2.0-mile track.
RACE INFO: The Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile) begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 22nd. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN 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:
“Fontana can be tricky especially since the seams have gotten bigger, the track’s aged, and the groove’s moved around. Fontana’s been a little more difficult for me recently under race conditions. It’s one of the most fun tracks that we race at currently in my opinion because you can run high or low and you have options all over the track. Besides racing your competitors, you really race the race track at Fontana. It seems that the cars that are really fast there are well-rounded and can run well on any line. Most times, the guys have that won are the ones who can make that very top lane work better than the rest of us. I look forward to heading out there this weekend, since we only get out there once a year.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“Last year at Fontana was really one of our best qualifying efforts and it worked out really well earning the pole. What I remember the most is how we had struggled with the first few races of last year in qualifying with the new format, but we definitely got it right at Fontana. Being able to work out of pit stall No.1 was huge for our team because Matt (Kenseth) and the pit crew were able to keep us up front for most of the day. We had a great race last year at Fontana and I believe we ran in the top six all day long. It’s been a great race track for Matt in the past, so I’m looking forward to this weekend because typically tracks that he’s fond of, we always run well at. Handling is always a focus at Fontana because the track surface is worn out, but we have a new tire this weekend that I think should provide us with more grip. With the new engine and aero package this year, we’re going to need to look at trimming the car out a little bit similar to how we would at a speedway.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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