KENSETH’S DOUBLE-DUTY: In addition to competing in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400, Kenseth will also pilot the No. 18 GameStop/Nyko Toyota in Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Friday’s start at Daytona will mark Kenseth’s first July Nationwide Series race at the 2.5-mile track since July of 2009.
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 12 Nationwide Series career starts at Daytona, Matt Kenseth has an average start of 11.8 and an average finish of 6.8 at the 2.5-mile historic speedway. Kenseth has completed 1,422 of 1,422 (100.0 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 68 laps. He has earned one win, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
JOE GIBBS RACING AT DAYTONA: Joe Gibbs Racing has 54 Nationwide Series starts at Daytona earning three wins, 15 top-five, and 22 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 429 laps, has an average start of 10.8, an average finish of 17.0, and completed 5,607 of 6,079 (92.2 percent) laps.
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RACE INFO: The Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, July 5, 2013. The race will be broadcast on ESPN, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.
Matt Kenseth: “Daytona is always a special place and it’s always fun to go there. Obviously, it’s where we kick off the season with the biggest race of the year, at the most famous stock car track in the world, and it is a place I look forward to racing at. I felt like our Nationwide Series race back in February was a little bit of a struggle, but I’m looking forward to going back and improving upon where we started out together in our first outing with the No. 18 team. The style of racing is different for Friday’s race, so we really need to make sure that we keep a drafting partner since it is focused on the tandem draft.”
Crew chief Matt Lucas: “It’s been a month since we’ve had Matt (Kenseth) in the car with us, so it’s almost like starting over a little bit since we aren’t running a full schedule. It’ll be good because it’s the first track that we’re racing at for the second time together this season, so at least we have a little bit of history now of what to expect and what Matt likes in his car at a superspeedway. He’s a great superspeedway racer and our plan is to draft with our teammates since it is a tandem-style draft. I thought that we were pretty good back in February until we lost our drafting partner, but we were able to run up front, so the goal is to unload the same basic package and then find speed from there.”
-Joe Gibbs Racing PR