May 07, 2013
Matt Kenseth 2013 NNS VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Race Preview
Press Release

NNS Matt Kenseth (GameStop) - Joe Gibbs Racing
NNS Matt Kenseth (GameStop) - Joe Gibbs Racing
Matt Kenseth No. 18 GameStop / Injustice: Gods Among Us Toyota Preview

VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway

No. 18 GameStop /Injustice: Gods Among Us Toyota News & Notes:

JGR AT DARLINGTON: Joe Gibbs Racing has 35 Nationwide Series starts at Darlington Raceway including seven wins, 13 top-five, and 21 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 655 laps and has an average start of 14.2 and an average finish of 11.6 at the 1.366-mile track.

THE MISSING PIECE: In six of the last seven Nationwide Series races at Darlington, Joe Gibbs Racing has earned the win except for 2009. The winner of the Nationwide Series race that year was none other than Matt Kenseth, so the question is, has JGR acquired the final piece of the winning puzzle for this season at “The Lady in Black?”

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 18 TOYOTA: What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat? Injustice: Gods Among Us introduces a bold new franchise to the fighting game genre from NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game Mortal Kombat. Featuring DC Comics icons such Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, Superman and Wonder Woman, the latest title from the award-winning studio presents a deep original story. Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred. Injustice: Gods Among Us is available now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii-U and on Apple products.

CHARACTERS AMONG US: The Injustice Season Pass is now available on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Buy it now to secure four characters for the price of three as well as the bonus Flashpoint skin pack. Characters will be added into the game and the first downloadable character, Lobo, will be released in May.

RACE INFO: The VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, May 10, 2013. The race will be broadcast on ESPN and MRN Radio.

Kenseth’s Career Nationwide Series Stats at Darlington Raceway:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status Earnings

08/30/97 Dura Lube 200 14 17 147/147 Running $7,050

03/21/98 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 13 4 147/147 Running $24,925

09/05/98 Dura Lube 200 11 6 147/147 Running $16,700

03/20/99 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 9 1 147/147 Running $45,200

09/04/99 Dura Lube 200 6 3 147/147 Running $27,675

03/18/00 SunCom 200 3 2 147/147 Running $35,775

09/02/00 Dura Lube 200 15 8 147/147 Running $14,045

03/17/01 SunCom 200 3 2 147/147 Running $30,301

09/01/01 South Carolina 200 9 7 147/147 Running $10,000

11/13/04 Bi-Lo 200 32 5 147/147 Running $16,100

05/06/05 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 24 1 147/147 Running $40,976

05/12/06 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 5 2 147/147 Running $29,950

05/11/07 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 6 37 111/147 Running $13,955

05/09/08 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 8 28 126/149 Running $14,600

05/08/09 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 6 1 153/153 Running $44,795

05/07/10 Royal Purple 200 35 30 134/147 Running $13,625

Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Earnings

Cumulative 16 3 9 12 0 $385,672

From the Cockpit:

Matt Kenseth: “I’m looking forward to running at Darlington this weekend because it’s one of the most historic tracks on the circuit and we only get to go there once a year. I’m happy to be in this weekend’s Nationwide Series event because that’s an extra opportunity to have time on that track. I think that anytime you get to race at Darlington, no matter the series, it’s always something to look forward to. The JGR cars are usually strong everywhere, but hopefully this is a great weekend at Darlington because the organization has had such a strong performance record there over the last several years.”

From the Pit Box:

Matt Lucas: “I’m just ready to get our No. 18 team back out on the track this weekend. I feel like we’ve been gone for a while even though it’s only been three races, so it’s tough to get back into a rhythm, but we’re ready to go. The No.18 has run really well at Darlington in the past, and the plan is to run well again this weekend. We led the most laps in this race last year and finished second. With Matt (Kenseth) being a proven winner at Darlington in the Nationwide Series, our goal is to give him a car that has everything he needs to be able to wheel it to the front of the field.”

About GameStop:

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer. GameStop’s retail network and family of brands include 6,650 company-operated stores in 15 countries worldwide and online at The network also includes:, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer(R) magazine, the leading multi-platform video game publication; Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company; and a digital PC game distribution platform available at

General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter @ and find GameStop on Facebook @

Source: Joe Gibbs Racing Press Release

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