Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Richmond hasn't been one of Matt Kenseth's better tracks

Matt Kenseth is 10/1 to win first Richmond race since 2002
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

JOE GIBBS RACING AT RICHMOND: Joe Gibbs Racing has 99 Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond and has earned nine wins, 31 top-five, and 51 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 3,180 laps, has an average start of 15.2, an average finish of 12.8, and has completed 39,091 of 39,634 (98.6 percent) laps.

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 30 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Richmond, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 16.3. He’s completed 11,694 of 12,009 (97.4 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 403 laps. Kenseth has earned one win, one pole, five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at the 0.75-mile track.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Colgate, M&M’s, Stacker2, Clorox, Quilted Northern, Hefty Reynolds Wrap, Hamburger Helper, Old Spice and Doritos will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

RACE INFO: The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway (0.75-mile) begins at 7:00 p.m. ETon Saturday, April 25. 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:
“Richmond is all about having balance in your race car, but you also want to be pretty good on a short run as well. Tires seem to wear off pretty fast at Richmond, and I think we’ll have a new tire this weekend, so you never know what to expect. You need to be fast enough to keep your position and even improve a few spots on a restart, but if we do get some long green-flag runs like we have gotten there in the past, you need to be good on the long run as well because you can make up a ton of ground as well if you have a good enough car at the end. The most challenging part of racing at Richmond is just getting your car to turn well.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“Richmond hasn’t been one of our better tracks, but we’ve had both good and bad runs there, so it’s been a challenge for us. I think that our struggle there is that Goodyear has brought several different tire codes to Richmond over the last several races because I know that they’ve worked hard to find a tire that works well there. So heading into Richmond is challenging, because with the tires always changing, that means that our old notes aren’t really applicable. Our teammates on the No. 18 team tested there the other week though, and they came out of the test feeling pretty good about it, so we should have something to work from heading into this weekend.”

DG at the Track:
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