Race Preview: Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

Matt Kenseth / No. DEWALT ‘Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project’ Toyota Preview

Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

NO. 20 NEWS AND NOTES

KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 16 career Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race starts, Kenseth has begun the race from the pole twice, and has claimed one victory in the non-points event. Kenseth has competed in every All-Star Race since his sophomore season (2001) and he has an average start of 10.1 and an average finish of 6.8.

A MILLION REASONS TO WIN: Kenseth has earned the All-Star Race win one time in his career (2004) and he’ll look to double down in the 70-lap race, which will be run in four segments this year: 20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps. Only ten drivers will advance to the final 10-lap segment and teams will be given one set of soft tires to use at whatever segment they choose during the event.

YOU KNOW THE DRILL: Kenseth will make an appearance at the Lowe’s store in Mooresville, NC (509 River Hwy.) on Thursday, May 18th from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST to sign autographs for fans who visit the DEWALT display located in the store’s parking lot.

RACE INFO: The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 20th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Kenseth’s Career Cup Series Stats at Charlotte All-Star Weekend Events:

16 RACES

1 WIN

7 TOP-5s

12 TOP-10s

2 POLES

DEWALT NO. 20 Driver Seat

FROM THE COCKPIT

“The All-Star Race is always a special one. There’s always a lot of excitement with it as well. I can remember the year that we won the race and just how much fun that was and it’s a win that everyone definitely wants to be a part of. The goal will be to make it into the final ten cars for the last 10-lap Stage in order to go for the win Saturday night. I’ve always liked coming to Charlotte because it’s certainly the track that I have the most miles on and the most races at. It’s a great track and one that you always look forward to being there for a couple weeks for in May since it’s a fun few weeks with the All-Star Race and the (Coca-Cola) 600. It’s always exciting to be able to race for a million dollars in the All-Star Race. It’s an honor to be able to compete in that race and I can remember not being in it and having to fight to qualify into it, and it’s always a letdown if you don’t make it into that race.” - Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Driver

DEWALT NO. 20 Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff

FROM THE PIT BOX

“Looking at the format for this weekend’s All-Star Race, the best scenario would be to win the first stage of the race and then you can focus on putting together your strategy for that final ten lap stage. However, you also still need to ensure that you’re on the lead lap for the rest of the race even if you win a stage because otherwise if you don’t, you won’t make the final ten laps. The goal will be to win one of the three 20-lap stages, and if you can’t do that, you also need to look at your average finish for those stages since those will be the rest of the cars that make up the final ten car for that last 10-lap run. If you need a stage win, or if you don’t think that your average finish is going to be good enough to move on, teams may opt to use that one softer set of tires that we’re being given. If you use the soft set of tires for the final segment, you will start at the back of the field though, but by the time you get to that round, you may not have an option by then depending on how many sets we get this weekend. I’d prefer that teams were given several sets of tires so that they come down pit road and have more opportunities to come up with some strategy. We’ll of course have a game plan for several scenarios heading into this weekend, but we’re always going to be checking the averages on Saturday night throughout the race so that we always know where we’re standing. I always like to use this All-Star Race weekend to try out some set-ups as we look ahead to next weekend so that we have a better idea of where we want to start from for the 600 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