Raybestos® Brakes Help Kenseth Earn Third Vegas Victory

Mar 11, 2013

First Victory with Joe Gibbs Racing… One of Many Using Raybestos Brakes

Matt Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne during their final duel to earn a hard fought best birthday gift. Under the stopping power of Raybestos brakes, Kenseth drove his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota to victory lane at Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This victory marked Toyota’s 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and JGR’s 101st.

Kenseth started in the 18th position but made his way into the top ten, driving his way to eighth by lap 20. Kenseth battled loose conditions but managed to remain inside the top ten through much of the race’s first half… working his way into sixth on lap 140. He restarted fourth with just over 100 laps remaining and then settled into the fifth position on the next green flag run.

A caution on lap 195 brought Kenseth down pit road, and crew chief Jason Ratcliff would call for a two-tire change. He lined up fifth for the restart on lap 200 and he soon climbed into third. With just over 40 laps remaining, he made the call for fuel only during the caution… allowing him to restart first on lap 230. He took the lead on the restart and held off a hard charging Kahne during the final 20 laps to get the win.

Teammate Kyle Busch (who also ran the Raybestos brake package) had one of the fastest cars on the track. He lead several times and earned a fourth-place finish.

“The Raybestos brakes performed well for both Matt and Kyle all race long,” said Jason Ratcliff, Crew Chief of Kenseth’s No. 20 Dollar General Toyota. “The Raybestos package has been a winner for us over the past few seasons, and the JGR team is looking forward to another victory next week at Bristol.”

The Raybestos Racing brake package, used by NASCAR® teams like Joe Gibbs Racing, combines ample stopping power with a considerable weight savings advantage on tracks like the Las Vegas 1.5-mile Super Speedway.

Raybestos racing brake pads are the ultimate high-friction, high-torque racing pads. The famous Raybestos “ST” series racing compounds provide superior stopping power for championship-caliber race teams.

Raybestos Racing calipers make up the strongest and lightest caliper package currently available in all of NASCAR. They have an optimized structure caliper architecture design and a mono-block aluminum alloy construction. They also include integral crossover cooling and progressively sized titanium pistons.

Raybestos Racing two-piece rotors are engineered to withstand the high-heat torture of short tracks and road courses; delivering the effective lightweight operation required for qualifying and superspeedway runs. Winning features include an S-groove slot design, a racing-specific vane configuration and optimized metallurgy.

For reliable performance, all Joe Gibbs Sprint Cup racecars are also equipped with Raybestos Racing ball joints and tie rods. The premium-quality chassis parts help fine-tune each car’s suspension setup for optimal grip and handling.

The lessons learned on tracks like Las Vegas are continually translated into product improvements across the entire Raybestos product line, which includes racing, street performance, police patrol/pursuit vehicles and heavy-duty trucks.

For more information on the Raybestos Sprint Cup braking system, or for questions on any Raybestos brand brakes, visit www.RaybestosBrakes.com or call 800-323-0354.

Brake Parts Inc (BPI) is one of the leading global manufacturers of braking systems in the transportation industry. The BPI brake product line includes everything from brake pads and rotors, to drums, shoes, calipers and hydraulic parts for the light and medium duty market. Raybestos® brakes are used by top racing teams in NASCAR® competition such as Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports. For more information about Raybestos brakes, visit Raybestos.com.

© Copyright 2013, Brake Parts Inc LLC. All rights reserved. Raybestos trademark used under license from Affinia International.

For more information on Raybestos brand brake or chassis parts, visit www.Raybestos.com or call 800-323-0354.

Raybestos® brand brake parts are produced by affiliated companies in Affinia’s Global Brake & Chassis Group, the leading manufacturer of braking systems in the transportation industry. The Raybestos brakes product line includes everything from brake drums to rotors, pads, shoes, calipers and hydraulic parts. Raybestos brand racing brakes are used by premier teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports in NASCAR® competition. For more information about Raybestos brakes, visit Raybestos.com.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket parts for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $2.0 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.

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