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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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Matt Kenseth scored his fifth straight top five at New Hampshire with a third-place finish in the ISM 300.
Kenseth was this week’s anchor on our Daily Fantasy article and he rewarded us with a great finish. Since Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch led the most laps, however, he did not get a chance to post enough laps led to be at the every top. Sep 24 - 6:08 PM

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Matt Kenseth had another yoemanlike day at Chicagoland Speedway with a ninth in the Taste of the Turtles 400.

Kenseth is still seeking that first win. It could come in the playoffs, but the most important thing is to run well and advance as far as he can on consistency. That will make him attractive to potential owners for 2018.
Sep 18 - 9:55 AM

Matt Kenseth will lead the field to green Saturday night in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 122.421 mph.

This is Kenseth’s 20th career pole. He is not known as a strong qualifier, but he has paced the field twice on this track. In spring 2013 he finished seventh after doing so; this spring, he crashed and finished 23rd.
Sep 8 - 6:41 PM

Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. posted exact times, which ere the single fastest laps in practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Their top speed was 120.897 mph.

Kenseth spent more time on track during the session and that might give him a slight advantage over Truex. While he does not need to win in order to advance to the playoffs, another unique victor would put him in serious trouble so he must run better than Chase Elliott or Jamie McMurray.
Sep 8 - 11:06 AM

Matt Kenseth finished sixth in the Southern 500 after spending a seesaw day at Darlington Raceway.

Kenseth said after the race that he did not feel he had a particularly strong car. He might well not have, but this is a track that rewards patience and intelligence, which are two things Kenseth has in abundance.
Sep 3 - 10:57 PM

Matt Kenseth finished .414 seconds behind Martin Truex Jr. in the I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen International and failed to win his first race of 2017 by one spot.

Kenseth wanted the victory to lock into the playoffs, but with Truex taking the win, his points’ position is more assured. Four races remain and there could still be 16 unique winners, but one’s position in the standings is incredibly important as well.
Aug 6 - 5:39 PM

Matt Kenseth spun on the first lap of the Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway, but he was able to battle back and finish ninth after starting 15th.

Kenseth even managed to lead nine laps along the way during a sequence of pit stops. He was lucky to avoid contact when he spun and now has three consecutive top-10s to his credit during the past three weeks. All of these races came on flat tracks.
Jul 30 - 7:50 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap of practice for the Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 176.077 mph in the morning session.

Kenseth has been one of the top performers the last two weeks on flat tracks. He finished fourth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and was fifth in the Brickyard 400, so he should be considered one of this week’s favorites as well.
Jul 29 - 11:19 AM

For the first time since last fall, Matt Kenseth has earned back-to-back top-fives in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with his fifth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400 on the heels of last week’s fourth at New Hampshire.

Both of these races occurred on flat tracks, so Kenseth should be watched closely next week at Pocono Raceway. That is particularly important because Kasey Kahne’s win moved the transfer bubble. One more unique winner from further down the standings could bump him.
Jul 23 - 9:24 PM

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

"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