JOE GIBBS RACING AT DARLINGTON: Joe Gibbs Racing has 62 Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington Raceway and has earned three wins, 14 top-five, and 34 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 861 laps, has an average start of 16.0, an average finish of 12.5, and completed 20,436 of 20,902 (97.8 percent) laps.
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 19 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Darlington Raceway, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 17.5, has completed 6,249 of 6,474 (96.5 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 154 laps. Kenseth’s best finish at Darlington is third which he earned in 2006
DARLINGTON DOUBLE DUTY: Kenseth returns to compete in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events at Darlington Raceway this weekend. Kenseth has won three times at “the Lady in Black” in the Nationwide Series, but is still looking for his first win in the Sprint Cup Series at the historic South Carolina track. Kenseth will pilot the No. 18 GameStop/Injustice: Gods Among Us Toyota in Friday’s VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200.
RACE INFO: The Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile) begins at 6:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 11th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
Matt Kenseth: “Darlington is certainly on my list of places I’d like to win at because of the Southern 500. To me, it’s one of the most prestigious and historic places on the circuit, which makes it a race that everyone wants to win. Darlington is a really narrow track and a uniquely-shaped track. It’s hard enough to drive around there by yourself without putting your car into the fence, let alone where there’s 42 other cars racing alongside you trying to pass. Darlington is a place that we only get to race at once a year, so any opportunity you have to race there is something that I always look forward to.”
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff: “I love Darlington and night racing. I think it’s a track that Matt (Kenseth) seems to be fond of as well, so I’m looking forward to it. Our No. 20 car ran well there last year, and I think our intermediate program has been pretty good for us with Vegas and Kansas, so I’m really anticipating this weekend. I think that Darlington fits into that intermediate track category, even though it’s very unique, it’s a high-speed almost mile-and-a-half track. It’s close to home and it’s just one of my favorite tracks. Some of the best tracks on the circuit in my opinion are places that you have to race hard, but at the same time, where you need to race the racetrack. It’s all about surviving the intensity at a place like that.