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Matt Kenseth

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (45) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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For the second straight week, Matt Kenseth had a strong run but failed to find Victory Lane. He finished fourth in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The good news is that Kenseth stretched his lead over the bubble driver for the playoffs to 52 points and that gives him a measure of security unless one of the drivers below him in the standings wins. Jul 16 - 6:50 PM

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"I'm not really worried about it, but as of today, I don't have a job for next year," Matt Kenseth said before Quaker State 400 practice and then went out and set the seventh fastest time in Happy Hour at Kentucky Speedway.

JGR certainly has not been running up to their standards, but this is surprising nonetheless. There are many strong drivers waiting in the wings, however, and this could be a way to get Erik Jones completely under their banner.
Jul 7 - 2:41 PM

Matt Kenseth sustained mechanical failure with about 25 minutes remaining in the first practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. He was 25th on the speed chart at the time with a speed of 91.846 mph.Somehow during the process, he blew his engine and will have to replace it before practice 2.

Kenseth reported that he had broken something in the suspension but it might also have been a brake issue. Kenseth is not a particularly strong road racer and cannot afford any failures. Kenseth will start from the rear of the field.
Jun 23 - 4:33 PM

Matt Kenseth had a quiet race, but he managed to sneak into the top 10 on the final lap.

Literally. Kenseth was running 11th on the white flag lap before making the pass for that critical position after the white flag waved. Now that Blaney has a win, the points’ battle is heating up and it is more likely than ever that 16 or more drivers could win in 2017; Kenseth is one of those drivers.
Jun 11 - 11:18 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the second-fastest single lap in the first practice session for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 159.603 mph.

That was .044 seconds slower than Kyle Larson and it came late in the session. Kenseth scored his third victory on this track last spring and followed that up with a fifth. He’s coming off another top-five last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kenseth should be considered one of the favorites to challenge for the win.
Jun 2 - 12:06 PM

Matt Kenseth scored his third top-five of the 2017 season when he crossed under the checkered flag fourth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

One of Kenseth’s previous top-fives came at Atlanta Motor Speedway this spring and that is significant because it is another similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. Equally important, he was joined in the top five by Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. That suggests Joe Gibbs Racing is beginning to turn their season around. Daniel Suarez narrowly missed the top 10 in 11th.
May 29 - 1:16 AM

Matt Kenseth snapped a nine-race, top-10 streak on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this spring at Texas Motor Speedway when he finished 16th, but he has been mostly constant on this track type with 12 consecutive results of 16th or better.

All of those races ended with Kenseth on the lead lap and that is what it takes to get a good finish. Only three of his recent results landed in the top five, however, so it is going to be difficult to use him to anchor one’s roster.
May 24 - 10:30 PM

Matt Kenseth entered last year’s All-star event with a nine-race streak of top-10s, but could not make it 10. He finished 18th.

That was the worst finish of his career in 16 attempts in this exhibition race, so it is a fair bet he will rebound.
May 20 - 6:31 PM

Matt Kenseth scraped the wall during the second round of qualification for the 400 at Kansas Speedway and failed to advance to the final round. He will start 14th Saturday night.

"I just didn’t have the grip I had in practice," Kenseth said. "I was loose and I was tight." Practice is over and the drivers won’t get on the track again until the race begins, so this makes Kenseth a questionable choice.
May 12 - 7:33 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 121.076 mph to win the pole for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

That is Kenseth’s second pole of his career. He grabbed the top spot in spring 2013 in his first attempt with Joe Gibbs Racing and finished seventh. Since then, he has earned five more top-10s in seven Richmond races. On the heels of a strong Bristol Motor Speedway run, he should be considered a favorite to finish well.
Apr 28 - 5:41 PM

NASCAR does not give out a hard charger award, but if they did it just might have gone to Matt Kenseth at Bristol Motor Speedway. He started the Food City 500 22nd and finished fourth.

Like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick, Kenseth had a difficult start to his season and when the race was lined up by owner points, he started in the back half of the field. He added a ton of place-differential points to his total, however, and banked serious markers for his fantasy owners.
Apr 24 - 5:10 PM

Matt Kenseth entered the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 with an uneven record of three top-10s and three DNFs this season. He finished the race at Texas Motor Speedway, but only recorded a 16th.

That should set off alarm bells for fantasy players. The Joe Gibbs Racing organization is struggling as a whole right now. No one thinks they will stay down for long, but then again no one really knows when they will turn their season around. Evaluate Kenseth in the coming weeks, but only use him when he has stellar numbers in practice.
Apr 15 - 9:08 PM

Matt Kenseth had the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 193.952 mph from laps 20 through 29.

Kenseth has shown consistent speed during the weekend. He qualified eighth, posted the 10th-fastest lap Saturday morning, and had the quickest speed. He is going to be off most fantasy players’ radar screens and that could make him a great value.
Apr 8 - 11:50 AM

Matt Kenseth avoided trouble at Martinsville Speedway and finished the STP 500 ninth after starting 25th.

That has been the key to his success this year. In six starts now, he has swept the top-10 when he has been running at the end of a race, but three of his starts resulted in DNFs due to accidents. It is too soon to tell if he has the monkey off his back, so fantasy players should continue to approach him with caution.
Apr 2 - 8:42 PM

Matt Kenseth’s sojourn inside the top 16 in points was short-lived. He cut a tire on lap 190, pounded the wall, and finished 37th.

Positions 36 and higher pay only one championship point, so this dropped Kenseth from 13th following Las Vegas Motor Speedway to 20th in the standings. He is 21 points behind 16th-place Jimmie Johnson and the fight to get back into playoff contention will get more difficult with each passing week. Joe Gibbs Racing placed their other three drivers in the top 10 at Phoenix International Raceway, however, so Kenseth should be fine.
Mar 20 - 12:17 AM