JOE GIBBS RACING AT MARTINSVILLE: Joe Gibbs Racing has 86 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville Speedway earning a total of seven wins, 29 top-five, 44 top-ten finishes, and eight poles. The organization also has led for a total of 2,887 laps and has an average finish of 13.8 at the 0.526-mile short track.
NEW LOOK ONLINE: Matt Kenseth’s 2013 season has been one full of exciting change – new team, new manufacturer, new sponsors and new crew chief. Last week, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion also received a new website with the launch of the freshly designed MattKenseth.com by RACERSITES.
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 26 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville, Kenseth has completed 12,901 of 13,034 laps (99.0 percent). Kenseth has led for a total of 73 laps and has earned three top-five and eight top-ten finishes at the half-mile track. A runner-up finish is Kenseth’s career best finish at Martinsville (April 2002).
RACE INFO: The STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
Matt Kenseth on Martinsville: “Martinsville has typically been one of my weaker tracks, but Joe Gibbs Racing has a great record there, so I’m looking forward to seeing if I can do better with these JGR cars and set-ups. It’s been a track where I feel like I was getting better at the last few years, but it’s always been a place where it’s difficult for me to tell the team what I need in my race car. I think that Jason (Ratcliff) and the guys have done a great job with our short track set-ups already this season so, I’m looking forward to seeing how the weekend goes for our Home Depot Husky Toyota.”
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff on Martinsville: “Martinsville is a place Joe Gibbs Racing has had success at in the past and we’ve had strong cars there. I think our short track package has been really good overall, so we’re looking forward to this weekend. We had great cars at Phoenix and Bristol this season already with Matt so I’m hoping to have similar success with our Husky Toyota at Martinsville. Martinsville is unique when it comes to set-ups. It seems like short tracks where aerodynamics aren’t that big of a factor, a package that runs well there usually continues to run well even with this year’s rules packages.”