Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Matt Kenseth going for third Daytona 500 win

Matt Kenseth is 10/1 to win Daytona 500....starts on front row.
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

TWO-TIME LOOKING FOR THREE: Two-time DAYTONA 500 Champion, Matt Kenseth returns to the 2.5-mile superspeedway as one of only 11 drivers in NASCAR history who have won this prestigious race more than once. Kenseth will look to return to victory lane at the historic track in the sport’s most esteemed race for the third time in his career. Kenseth’s two DAYTONA 500 wins came in 2009 and 2012; could 2016 be his chance at a three-peat?

JOE GIBBS RACING AT DAYTONA: Joe Gibbs Racing has 107 Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona earning a total of four wins, 23 top-five, and 35 top-ten finishes. The organization also has led for a total of 1,313 laps, has an average start of 16.2 and an average finish of 19.9 at the 2.5-mile historic high-banked track.

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RACE INFO: The DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET onSunday, February 21. 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:
“We’re fortunate heading into the DAYTONA 500 because we have so many practices and events that let us have time to get our cars up to speed leading up to that race. When we all head to Daytona, everyone has been off for a bit and I think that we’re all just chomping at the bit to get back racing again. It’s really nice that we’re able to knock the rust off a bit and get a few pit stops under our belts as well leading up to the race. The DAYTONA 500 is the biggest stock car race in the world and everyone wants to win it, so there’s always a lot of excitement from everyone as we start the season with our biggest race on the schedule. I’m really looking forward to getting the 2016 season started this weekend.”

From the Pit Box:

Jason Ratcliff:
“The Duel races are unique but they provide you with an opportunity to learn what you have for the (DAYTONA) 500 since it’s the same car you run in that race. Every year that we go back to Daytona, we try something new because we’ve just seemed to fall a little short in the past. We’ve been there in position, run well, come down to the last pit stop and had an opportunity, but we just haven’t been able to close the deal. We’re close though and I feel that we’ve always been in contention for the most part so that’s always promising. Approaching Daytona is truly the same as any other week because we work on our race cars to make sure they’re always the best they can be, and you work on your race strategy as well. In the end, Daytona is one of those tracks where you’re vulnerable and you’re at the mercy of everyone around you. Sometimes it all works out, but not always, so it’s one place that you have so many things out of your control.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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