Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview

Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway
 
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:
   
From the Cockpit:

Matt Kenseth: “Talladega is one of those places where it’s a restrictor plate race so you’re going to hopefully be in the front sometimes and you’ll probably be in the back sometimes as well since there’s so much shuffling of positions.  Qualifying is not as important there as other places, but you still want to try to get a pole if you can and try to get that first pit stall.  I think that qualifying this weekend will be crazy, unorganized and chaotic.  Everybody is going to have different plans and everybody is going to want to be the guy catching the pack.  I’m sure our plan will change even as we get ready for qualifying, but everybody is going to try to figure out how to get that one good lap.”
 
From the Pit Box:

Jason Ratcliff: “I’m actually almost speechless thinking about how this group qualifying session is going to play out at Talladega this weekend.  It could get extremely exciting, because the one thing we know is to go fast at Talladega, you need a group of cars.  I think that everyone is not really going to want to go in a big pack because it could get really risky, but at the same time if you want to qualify well, that’s what you’re going to have to do.  We’ve been pretty fortunate and competitive at these speedway races recently and I feel like we’ve got a really good car heading into this week.  We’re going to be smart because we don’t want to tear up a good race car before Sunday, but we also want to get a good pit stall and qualify well.”
 
 
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:
Driver – Matt Kenseth                                       
Crew Chief – Jason Ratcliff                             
Car Chief – Jason Shapiro
Engineer – Jacob Canter                                
Engineer – Mike Lorusso                                
Shock Specialist – Scott Myers
Mechanic – Todd Foster                                 
Mechanic – Jesse Sanders                             
Tire Specialist – Jerold Shires
Engine Tuner – Mike Johnson                      
Spotter – Chris Osborne                                 
EFI Specialist – Jarrad Egert
Jackman – Jason Tate                                    
Gasman – John Eicher                                    
Front Tire Changer – John Royer     
Front Tire Carrier – Joe Crossen                 
Rear Tire Changer – Chris Taylor               
Rear Tire Carrier – Eric Groen
Pit Support – Bill Byrne                                   
Pit Support – Tom Dean 
Truck Drivers – Dennis Valverde & Tom McCrimmon
 
  
DG at the Track:
Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America, with more than 11,000 stores in 40 states. There are 35 Dollar General locations in the Talladega area. Here are the seven closest to Talladega Superspeedway:
 
Dollar General #1080
232 East St. N
Talladega, AL 35160     

Dollar General #3581       
809 Battle St. E   
Talladega, AL 35160  

Dollar General #13092     
4710 Stemly Rd.
Talladega, AL 35160    
     
Dollar General #1314
4545 US Highway 78 W
Oxford, AL 36203
                                                                     
Dollar General #12945     
53417 US Hwy. 78
Eastaboga, AL 36260

Dollar General #8462       
44399 AL Highway 21
Munford, AL 36268

Dollar General #4433
47529 US Highway 78
Lincoln, AL 35096
 
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