JOE GIBBS RACING AT CHARLOTTE: Joe Gibbs Racing has 86 Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway and has earned four wins, 33 top-five, and 52 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 2,408 laps, has an average finish of 11.6, and completed 29,595 of 30,683 (96.5 percent) laps.
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 27 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Charlotte, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 14.2, has completed 9,038 of 9,586 (94.3 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 455 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins, seven top-five, and 14 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track.
CHARLOTTE DOUBLE DUTY: Kenseth will compete in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Kenseth has three wins in the Nationwide Series at Charlotte with his most recent victory coming in his May 2011 start. Kenseth will pilot the No. 18 Reser’s Toyota in Saturday’s History 300.
RACE INFO: Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 26th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.
Matt Kenseth: “The 600 is probably one of my favorite races of the year. There’s a lot that goes on surrounding it from practicing during the day to qualifying at night. The differences in the track conditions you go through during the race can really provide a lot of challenges since we start the race during the day when it’s usually pretty hot and slick before the track cools down as we go into the night. It’s a fun event, but you also get to see what everyone is made of since it’s our longest race of the season and there’s a lot going on in the over four hours that we are racing.”
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff: “The Coca-Cola 600 is a race I’m looking forward to, but obviously, it’s the longest race of the year so it typically becomes a race about survival. It’s a grueling race that’s tough on the cars and the focus is often on engine durability. The 600 is a survival race, much different than this past weekend’s 90-lap All-Star Race. We’re looking forward to it because there’s a lot of strategy with having to adapt to the changes in the weather and track conditions. It’s just a fun race, especially when you have a car that can go out there and win it.”