Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Matt Kenseth glad Southern 500 is back on Labor Day

Matt Kenseth is 7/1 to win this week; lone win at Darlington in 2013.
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

Joe Gibbs Racing has 68 Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington Raceway and has earned four wins, 17 top-five, and 39 top-ten finishes. The organization also has led for a total of 1,158 laps, has an average start of 15.5 and an average finish of 11.9 at the 1.37-mile historic track.

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 21 Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington, Kenseth has completed 6,990 of 7,215 laps (96.9 percent) and has led for a total of 183 laps. Kenseth has earned one win, three top-five finishes, 10 top-ten finishes and one pole award at the South Carolina historic track. Kenseth earned his first victory at Darlington in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Listerine, Glad, TruMoo, Armour, Bounty, Pringles, First Quality, Hanes, Coca-Cola and Reese’s will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Darlington Raceway.

RACE INFO: The Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (1.37-mile) begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 6. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, 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:
“Darlington has changed a lot over the years, we only race there once a year, and it’s a different aero package this time as well, so I’m not sure that anyone really knows what to expect this weekend. The track itself at Darlington seems to age quicker than it does at most of the others racetracks we race at. Darlington is just a really unique place that has changed a lot, especially after the repave. We used to be right up along the fence, but even that has changed with the addition of safer barriers so you never know what Darlington is going to be like until we get on track. I think that it’s great that we’re back to running Darlington over Labor day weekend because it was one of those races that I’m glad we’re back to that date. It’s one of the few truly special races that holds so much tradition with a date on the calendar.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff:
“Things are going to be different this weekend because we haven’t run at Darlington at this time of the year in a while and I think that it will definitely be a lot warmer than it’s been in years past. The track itself has also been losing some grip over the years. Our team was able to test at Darlington at the end of June, and I thought that it was one of the better tests that we’ve had. Darlington is such a unique place anyways, but I think that based off this new aero package and tire combination, it’s going to provide for a really good race. I think that the tire combination for this weekend will allow everyone to get a better handle on this new aero package.”

About Dollar General:
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 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 12,199 stores in 43 states, Dollar General is America’s largest small-box multi-price point discount retailer. 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. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

DG at the Track:
Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America, with more than 12,199 stores in 43 states. There are 16 Dollar General locations in the Darlington, S.C. area.

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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