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Matt Kenseth

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (44) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Matt Kenseth posted the seventh-best average finish in 2016 with a 13.75.
As strong as he was, however, he had difficulty sustaining his momentum. He scored five consecutive top-10s once and four on another occasion, but each of those had a sub-25th-place result adjacent. Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:15:00 PM

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Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the Ford EcoBoost 400, which extended his current streak of Homestead-Miami Speedway top-10s to four.

Kenseth was at his best in 2013 when he finished second, but he has not quite been able to climb into the top five again. Last year he was seventh after starting 19th. He started closer to the front this year in seventh, but that did not make much difference.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 10:37:00 PM

Matt Kenseth was leading at the end of regulation, but an accident during the first attempt at overtime sent him to the back of the pack to finish 21st in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Kenseth was cleared by his spotter entering turn one, but Alex Bowman had a bigger head of steam than anticipated. The two made contact with Kenseth on the outside and that sent him hard into the wall. His 21st-place finish in this race was well below the cutoff mark and Kenseth enters Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at finishing fifth in the standings instead of winning the Chase.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 09:48:00 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the 13th-fastest single lap in Saturday’s first session, was 10th-quickest among 30 drivers in regard to 10 laps runs, and posted the 10th-fastest time in final practice.

Kenseth cannot afford to finish outside of the top five even if he has a solid top-10 run. The competition is going to be so high for the final transfer spot that all of the Chasers except Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards will be going for broke.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 06:53:00 PM

During a week when it will probably require a top-five to advance in the Chase, Matt Kenseth is likely to be one of the odd-men out based on his Phoenix International Raceway record.

Kenseth has not been terrible on this track, but he has only one top-five in his last 16th Phoenix attempts. In that same span, he has only five top-10s and the majority of the rest are in the teens. Kenseth will probably earn a top-10 this week and that could make him a provisionally good value in salary cap games, but he is unlikely to get enough points to be in Chase contention at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, which puts him one point behind the bubble to make the Chase finale in Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This was the first top-10 for Kenseth at Texas since he finished seventh in the spring 2014 race. Joe Gibbs Racing is solid on short, flat tracks but so are Penske Racing and Kevin Harvick so next week is going to hotly contested. Expect six or seven Chase contenders to finish in the top 10 next week.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 11:47:00 PM

Matt Kenseth was slow in the final practice session for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with only the 19th-fastest single lap.

His speed of 187.266 was more than half a second off the pace set by Brad Keselowski. Kenseth has a good record at Texas and should be able to rebound and contend for a top-10, but the Chase contenders were spread across the leaderboard most of the weekend and that will make for an interesting race.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 03:05:00 PM

Matt Kenseth has a current six-race, top-10 streak to his credit on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Only two of these were top-fives and that could be important if one of the drivers outside the top four in points wins the AAA Texas 500. If that happens, Kenseth needs to significantly outperform his teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch to create some Chase security before Phoenix International Raceway.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 07:55:00 PM

Matt Kenseth finished fourth in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway after starting the race 17th.

Last year’s Goody's 500 ended in controversy for Kenseth when he was involved in accidents with both Penske racers. That snapped a four-race streak of top-six results. He finished only 15th this spring, so this was his first chance to bounce back. Since joining Joe Gibbs Racing, this has become one of his best tracks.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 05:24:00 PM

Matt Kenseth has scored six top-15s in seven Martinsville Speedway starts with Joe Gibbs Racing.

The only time Kenseth failed to crack the top 15 with this team came last year when he was involved in an accident with Brad Keselowski late in the race and was later parked by NASCAR for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano. Assuming he can keep his composure this week—which is normally not a problem with this low-key driver—he is practically guaranteed a top-10 result in the Goody's Fast Relief 500.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 08:30:00 PM

Matt Kenseth finished 28th in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway after qualifying third.

The Joe Gibbs Racing contingent chose to drop to the back of the pack and ride in a three-car drafting line that included Kenseth, Carl Edwards, and Kyle Busch. It was successful because all three drivers advanced, but it cost fantasy owners a lot of points. In addition to minimal points earned for the finishing result, each of these drivers scored a negative place-differential. Kenseth lost the most at 25.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 10:56:00 PM

Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott, and Carl Edwards lined up behind Jimmie Johnson on the fastest lap chart for the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega.

The difference between the leader and Carl Edwards in fourth was .014 seconds. Edwards tied Alex Bowman and Kasey Kahne at that same mark, which puts six cars in a virtual tie at the top of the leaderboard. This is a good example of why the drafting pack gets to be so big on this restrictor-plate, superspeedway.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 05:32:00 PM

If his last two seasons are any indication, Matt Kenseth is going to be fantasy pyrite this week with three consecutive losses of position at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

Both of Kenseth’s results last year started in the top 10 and ended in the mid-20s. This May, he started fourth and finished 23rd. He has not earned many fantasy points for his finishing result and that negative place-differential has cost his owners even more.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Matt Kenseth finished ninth in the Hollywood Casino 400 after taking the early lead from the pole.

Kenseth remained near the front of the pack and led 116 of the first 125 laps. After that, he fell back into the pack and his car did not handle as well in heavy traffic. Kenseth tried to overcompensate, brushed the wall midway through the race, and was happy to finish in the top 10. When asked what his feelings were about the race, he responded, "dumb and disappointed" for causing his own problem.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 07:42:00 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the single fastest lap in the final practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 with a speed of 186.361 mph.

Kenseth has been capable of winning on a couple of occasions so far this Chase. He will lead the field to green on Sunday from the pole, which should be a good omen. This May, he started second and finished fourth in the 400.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 02:33:00 PM