RACE PREVIEW: Atlanta Motor Speedway

 

MATT KENSETH / No. 20 Preview

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

 

NO. 20 NEWS AND NOTES

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 28 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 12.2. He’s completed 8,720 of 9,065 (96.2 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 363 laps. Kenseth has earned 10 top-five, 16 top-10 finishes, and one pole award, but is still looking to claim a win at the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Georgia.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT ATLANTA: Joe Gibbs Racing has 95 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta and has earned 11 wins, 31 top-five, and 43 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 2,562 laps, has an average start of 16.5, an average finish of 15.1, and has completed 29,696 of 30,781 (96.5 percent) laps.

YOU KNOW THE DRILL: Kenseth will make an appearance at DEWALT’s display located in the track’s FanZone on Sunday, March 5th at 11:15 a.m. EST for a question and answer session.

RACE INFO: The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile) begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 5th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

KENSETH'S CAREER MONSTER ENERGY CUP SERIES STATS IN THE DAYTONA 500:

28 RACES

0 WINS

10 TOP-5s

16 TOP-10s

1 POLES

DEWALT NO. 20 Driver Seat

FROM THE COCKPIT

“Atlanta is one of the most worn-out surfaces that we go to these days, and I always think that the older surface makes for some fun racing, even though the surface may not let us go as fast as you could on newer pavement. At Atlanta, you need to be decent at the beginning of a run, but also good at the end of a run when you are on older tires. It’s often hard to find that balance with your race car because these races can come down to a short run. This weekend will really be the first time that we see the new rules package come into play for the season since it’s not a superspeedway race. I’m looking forward to getting our DEWALT Camry on track this weekend and working on getting a strong run in.” - Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Driver

DEWALT NO. 20 Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff

FROM THE PIT BOX

“Last weekend of course we started the season off in Daytona, but superspeedway racing doesn’t really give us a clear picture of how the new race package for 2017 will handle until we get to a place like Atlanta this weekend. This weekend will be the first true application of changes put into place this year when it comes to the downforce reduction, along with the format changes during the race, and all the other modifications. Atlanta is a track that Matt (Kenseth) has always runs well at and a place that we’ve been pretty good overall, so I’m looking forward to seeing how our DEWALT Camry performs this weekend.” - Jason Ratcliff, No. 20 Crew Chief

NO. 20 Joe Gibbs DEWALT Racing Team

Driver: Matt Kenseth

Engineer: Levi Porter

Mechanic: Chris Sherwood

Engine Tuner: Greg Wilson

Jackman: Graham Molatch

F. Tire Carrier: Joe Crossen

Pit Support: Bill Byrne

Truck Driver: Tom McCrimmon

Crew Chief: Jason Ratcliff

Engineer: Mike Lorusso

Mechanic: Jason Overstreet

Tire Specialist: Jerold Shires

Gasman: John Eicher

R. Tire Carrier: Eric Groen

Pit Support: Jon Williams

Truck Driver: Chris Miko

Car Chief: Jason Overstreet

Shock Specialist: Scott Myers

Mechanic: Alan Buzze

Spotter: Jason Hedlesky

F. Tire Changer: Houston Stamper

R. Tire Changer: Steven Tautges

Pit Support: Alan Copley