Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Matt Kenseth looking for Sprint Unlimited repeat

Kenseth is 10/1 to repeat
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

HOW IT ALL WORKS: Just like last year’s event, the starting line-up for the Sprint Unlimited will be determined by a random draw. The race will consist of 75 total laps and will be broken down into two segments with the competition caution coming out after lap 25. A total of 25 drivers are eligible for the 2016 Sprint Unlimited.

COULD HE REPEAT?: Last year’s Sprint Unlimited found Kenseth starting from 16th due to the random draw, but at the end of the event, the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota was celebrating in Victory Lane. The win was Kenseth’s career first in the non-points exhibition race and came in his ninth start.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Gatorade, Angel Soft, Hefty, Bugles, Clorox, Old Spice, Purex, Colgate and Stacker 2 will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

RACE INFO: The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 13th. 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:
“Being a kid and growing up in Wisconsin, there was always about a foot of snow on the ground and I always remember the Unlimited race being the kickoff to the racing season so it was always fun to be able to come in and watch that race knowing that the next weekend was the Daytona 500. Any win you can get is fun, and especially any win at Daytona is always special so it was a lot of fun to kick off of season last year with the Sprint Unlimited win. The way that the season kicks off is unique because you have the Unlimited, and then you have the qualifying races before the (Daytona) 500, so you get a lot of practice, and it’s nice to get some racing in before the 500 and be able to get back into the swing of things. The goal of the Sprint Unlimited is to go out and win the race since there’s no points consequences, so I feel like we typically take more risk in that race as far as making a move that might or might not work to try and get into position to get some folks to go with you in order to go for the win.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff
: “To me, the Sprint Unlimited is kind of like the All-Star race because it’s an opportunity to go out there and try something new and there’s nothing to lose. It’s a good way to start out the season off, because it’s the first time you can get all our guys out to the race track and to get all the equipment out and make sure that things are ready to go. You really have everything to gain and nothing to lose since there aren’t any points associated with it. It’s really a good chance to try out things for the (Daytona) 500 car. We won this race last year, we’ve always run well in it and it’s a fun race so I’m looking forward to this weekend and getting things started for the season.”

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