Matt Kenseth / No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ Toyota Preview
DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway
No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ 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 2017 be his chance at a three-peat?
· JOE GIBBS RACING AT DAYTONA: Joe Gibbs Racing has 115 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona earning a total of five wins, 27 top-five, and 39 top-ten finishes. The organization also has led for a total of 1,498 laps, has an average start of 15.5 and an average finish of 19.3 at the 2.5-mile historic high-banked track. JGR’s Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner of the 2016 DAYTONA 500.
· KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 17 DAYTONA 500 starts on the high banks of Daytona, Kenseth has completed 2,938 of 3,290 laps (89.3 percent). Kenseth has earned two wins, two top-five, and six top-ten finishes throughout his DAYTONA 500 career.
· RACE INFO: The Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 26th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
Kenseth’s Career Sprint Cup Series Stats in the DAYTONA 500:
Date Event Start Finish Laps Status
2/20/00 Daytona 500 24 10 200/200 Running
2/18/01 Daytona 500 16 21 196/200 Running
2/17/02 Daytona 500 40 33 154/200 Crash
2/16/03 Daytona 500 35 20 109/109 Running
2/15/04 Daytona 500 12 9 200/200 Running
2/20/05 Daytona 500 14 42 34/203 Engine
2/19/06 Daytona 500 11 15 203/203 Running
2/18/07 Daytona 500 10 27 202/202 Running
2/17/08 Daytona 500 28 36 194/200 Running
2/15/09 Daytona 500 39 1 152/152 Running
2/14/10 Daytona 500 24 8 208/208 Running
2/20/11 Daytona 500 9 34 133/208 Crash
2/27/12 Daytona 500 4 1 202/202 Running
2/24/13 Daytona 500 12 37 149/200 Engine
2/23/14 Daytona 500 3 6 200/200 Running
2/22/15 Daytona 500 35 35 202/203 Running
2/21/16 Daytona 500 2 14 200/200 Running
Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles
Cumulative 17 2 2 6 0
From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth: “The Daytona 500 is the biggest stock car race in the world, and it’s just a really big way that we kick off our season every year. As a kid growing up, I remember always watching the 500 on TV, and when I was able to make my first start in the race, that was one of the moments in my career that I’ll never forget. Everyone wants so badly to win a Daytona 500 and I have been fortunate in my career to have won two of them. Winning it for a third time would be amazing and there’s no better way to start off your season than the momentum you get from winning a Daytona 500. I’m curious to see how our DEWALT Camry handles in the race conditions of the Duel on Thursday, but I know that our team always works hard to put together the best car and race strategy that we can every week. I’m looking forward to officially getting our 2017 season started this week.”
From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff: “The process that we gear up to the Daytona 500 is so unique, but the best gauge of what we have in our DEWALT Camry will be the Duel races on Thursday since they provide us with an opportunity to learn what we have for first time leading into the 500 in a race condition. We’re constantly trying something new whenever we come to Daytona because our No. 20 team has been so close the last few years to closing the deal, but I feel that we’ve always been in contention. Daytona is just one of those places where no matter how much you put into the preparation and race strategy, so many things are out of your control and you’re at the mercy of everyone around you. The Daytona 500 is a race that everyone works so hard to win because of the history associated with it, and we’re going to give it everything we have to get the best shot at it. I think the one takeaway from The Clash race was that it seemed to me that with the plates, it seemed like in that race it was more difficult for the drivers to make moves based on the lower horsepower, but we’ll see what happens in the Duel.”