Matt Kenseth – No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota Sonoma Advance

Matt Kenseth / No. DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota Preview

Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota News and Notes:

  • KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 17 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Sonoma Raceway, Matt Kenseth has an average starting position of 17.5, an average finish of 21.9, has completed 1,822 of 1,881 (96.9 percent) career laps at the 1.99-mile road course and has earned one top-10 finish (eighth in 2008).
  • JOE GIBBS RACING AT SONOMA:  Joe Gibbs Racing has 57 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma Raceway and has earned four wins, 10 top-five, and 20 top-ten finishes.  The organization has led for a total of 283 laps, has an average start of 15.5, an average finish of 17.3, and has completed 5,918 of 6,089 (97.2 percent) laps.
  • YOU KNOW THE DRILL: Kenseth will make an appearance at DEWALT’s display located in the track’s grandstand display area on Sunday, June 25th at 8:50 a.m. PST for a question and answer session.
  • RACE INFO:The Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 25th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Kenseth’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Sonoma:

Date          Event                                   S       F      Laps         Status

06/26/16    Toyota/Save Mart 350         23    20     110/110     Running

06/28/15    Toyota/Save Mart 350          3     21     110/110     Running

06/22/14    Toyota/Save Mart 350         14    42     74/110       Crash

06/23/13    Toyota/Save Mart 350          6     19     110/110     Running

06/24/12    Toyota/Save Mart 350          9     13     112/112     Running

06/26/11    Toyota/Save Mart 350         33    14     110/110     Running

06/20/10    Toyota/Save Mart 350         34    30     110/110     Running

06/21/09    Toyota/Save Mart 350         10    18     113/113     Running

06/22/08    Toyota/Save Mart 350         33     8      112/112     Running

06/24/07    Toyota/Save Mart 350         27    34     109/110     Running

06/25/06    Dodge/Save Mart 350          9     17      110/110     Running

06/26/05    Dodge/Save Mart 350         24    11      110/110     Running

06/27/04    Dodge/Save Mart 350          5     20      110/110     Running

06/22/03    Dodge/Save Mart 350          4     14      110/110     Running

06/23/02    Dodge/Save Mart 350          6     39      90/110       Running

06/24/01    Dodge/Save Mart 350         20    21      112/112     Running

06/25/00    Save Mart/Kragen 350        38    32      110/112     Running

                         Races     Wins     Top 5s     Top 10s       Poles

Cumulative         17           0              0                1               0

 

Kenseth’s 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
15 0 3 6 1 168 9.4 16.7

Kenseth’s Career NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
629 38 174 315 19 11,498 17.2 14.2

From the Cockpit:

Matt Kenseth: “With only two road courses on the schedule, everyone likes to group them together, but they’re very different from each other.  I really have to approach them both separately as I look ahead to that portion of the schedule.  Sonoma as a whole is just a challenge for me.  It’s challenging to go fast for a lap at Sonoma, but it’s even more challenging to go fast for a tire run and then have to figure out how much to save, and what your balance needs to be like to start a run compared to where it’s going to be at the end of the run.  There’s just a lot that you are constantly having to focus on at Sonoma throughout that entire race.  I think that everyone enjoys going to Sonoma because it’s northern California and wine country with so many things to see and do.”

From the Pit Box:

Jason Ratcliff: “I feel like every year that we go to Sonoma, we learn something new.  Last year, I felt that our road course cars were much improved overall as an organization at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.  We’ll look to what we can build on from where we were at last year, and we’ll try to apply that going into this weekend.  I feel like we usually qualify well there, but the cautions typically get us during the race.  I think that with the stages this year, those breaks are going to affect the road courses and the strategies teams use more than anywhere else.  In the past you would use your fuel windows and lay out your strategy based on that, but now knowing when we’ll have some cautions, that will really change things up.  I think that you’ll see multiple strategies but it’ll be much different than we’ve seen in years past.”

No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:

Driver – Matt Kenseth                                 Crew Chief – Jason Ratcliff                              Car Chief – Jason Overstreet

Engineer – Levi Porter                                Engineer – Mike Lorusso                          Shock Specialist – Scott Myers

Mechanic – Chris Sherwood                      Mechanic – Jason Overstreet                    Mechanic – Alan Buzze

Engine Tuner – Gregg Wilson                   Tire Specialist – Jerold Shires        Spotter – Jason Hedlesky

Jackman – Graham Molatch                      Gasman – John Eicher                                Front Tire Changer – Houston Stamper

Front Tire Carrier – Joe Crossen              Rear Tire Carrier – Eric Groen                   Rear Tire Changer – Steven Tautges

Pit Support – Bill Byrne                              Pit Support – Jon Williams                          Pit Support – Alan Copley

Truck Drivers – Tom McCrimmon & Chris Miko

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