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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 led 105 of 300 laps in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but got passed by Kevin Harvick with eight laps remaining. He finished second after starting eighth.
This has been a good track for Kenseth in recent years and so has Dover International Speedway. The No. 20 driver has now finished first or second in his last three New Hampshire races and with two more short, flat track races in the Chase, he has a good opportunity to advance to the finale. Sep 25 - 5:36 PM

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Matt Kenseth was one of several Chase contenders who got caught for speeding in the Chicagoland Speedway pits. His penalty came under caution before the halfway point, however, and Kenseth rallied to finish ninth after starting the afternoon seventh.

Kenseth had a quiet day otherwise, which is precisely what he needed to start the Chase. This was his fourth straight top-10 in the first race of the playoffs. He has a great record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway as well, so he should settle into a comfortable rhythm before the second round begins.
Sep 18 - 8:18 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the third-quickest time in the Saturday morning session for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. His time of 181.646 mph was set during his first 10 laps on the track.

Kenseth enters the weekend with three consecutive top-10s on this track including a victory in the 2014 Chase for the Championship kickoff. The Joe Gibbs Racing juggernaut should continue to dominate in the Windy City.
Sep 17 - 2:00 PM

Matt Kenseth cut a tire on lap 335 of the Federated Auto Parts 400 after contact with Brad Keselowski. He slammed the wall hard and failed to finish. Kenseth was credited with 38th after starting third. In addition to a poor finishing result, he lost 35 place-differential points.

The most notable thing about the incident is how quickly it renewed the rivalry between Kenseth and the Penske Racing teammates—specifically Keselowski. Last year on-track incidents cots both teams a shot at winning the championship.
Sep 11 - 1:30 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top-five spots in final practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with their four drivers leading the session and affiliate Martin Truex Jr. posting the fifth-best time. Carl Edwards had the best 10-lap average of 116.652 mph, Matt Kenseth was 116.607, Denny Hamlin 116.580, Kyle Busch 116.575, and Truex 116.514.

The lesson is pretty clear. The Gibb’s guys are going to dominate most of the Richmond race and are likely to fail to sweep the top 10 only if they sustain damage of make a mistake in the pits.
Sep 9 - 1:46 PM

Matt Kenseth spent 96 percent of the Bojangles' Southern 500 inside the top 10, but his name did not get called very often. He crossed under the checkers with a very respectable sixth-place finish at Darlington Raceway.

Kenseth spent only 38 percent of the time in the top five where the cameras were aimed for most of the evening. With four place-differential points and 10 laps led, he was a solid fantasy NASCAR pick this week.
Sep 5 - 12:06 AM

Matt Kenseth entered last year’s Bojangles' Southern 500 with three straight results of sixth or better at Darlington Raceway. He sustained crash damage before lap 20 and struggled to finish 21st.

Kenseth should rebound nicely this week, however. He won his first Southern 500 in 2013 and added a fourth the next year. Along with a third in 2006, those are his only top-fives, but he should manage to score at least a top-10.
Sep 2 - 5:39 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 200.290 mph and was the first driver who failed to advance to the final round of qualification in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He will start 13th.

Qualification has been important to Kenseth in his last two Michigan races. He won the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 from the pole, but managed only a 14th this June after starting 19th.
Aug 26 - 5:59 PM

Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest lap in the second practice session for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway His speed of 129.587 mph was 0.011 seconds slower than fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch.

Truex has an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch was one position ahead while JGR-mate Matt Kenseth was the third-fastest driver in this practice. Look for Toyotas to dominate the top-five on Saturday night.
Aug 19 - 2:04 PM

Matt Kenseth has the 10th-best average finish of 2016 and is well deserving of his spot among the Chase hopefuls, but in order to be a better fantasy value, he needs to develop a little more consistency. In the first 22 races of this season, he has one four-race streak of top-10s and one other streak of three consecutive results in that range.

Strong runs are only useful for players if they are predictable. It seems that as soon as Kenseth gets a little momentum on his side, he loses it again and that can be frustrating. On two occasions this year, he posted back-to-back top-fives; these were followed by a seventh-place finish at Dover International Speedway and a 17th at Pocono Raceway.
Aug 10 - 7:07 PM

Matt Kenseth quietly made his way through the field and finished 10th at Watkins Glen International. It was his fourth top-10 in the past five races on this track.

Kenseth is not known as a road course racer, but during his career he has been better at the Glen than Sonoma Raceway. Fantasy owners who knew that and rolled the dice on him this week found a great fantasy differentiator.
Aug 7 - 7:59 PM

Matt Kenseth has finished seventh or better in all but one of this year’s flat track races. Last year, he recorded top-10s in all but two events on this course type.

Included in those streaks are top-10s in all three Pocono Raceway events. He was sixth last spring and in this year’s Axalta We Paint Winners 400, but the highlight was a fuel-mileage aided victory in the Windows 10 400, which was his first in Pocono.
Jul 28 - 1:33 PM

Matt Kenseth finished second in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard and was the best in show—following his dominant teammate Kyle Busch across the Indianapolis Motor Speedway finish line.

Kenseth earned a lot of points for his fantasy owners by adding 16 place-differential points to his total after starting 18th. This comes on the heels of a victory last week on the flat track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This was Kenseth’s fifth top-10 in six flat track races in 2016 and completes a sweep of the top 15 on this track type so far.
Jul 24 - 7:10 PM

Matt Kenseth failed post-race inspection at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, according to "The car did not meet compliance in the laser inspection station (LIS) after Sunday's New Hampshire 301. The car will face further scrutiny this week at the NASCAR Research & Development Center."

Kenseth will keep the win and any penalties will be detailed later in the week. Drivers consistently bump up against the rules and unless there is a clear message that needs to be relayed by NASCAR to the teams, this ‘ingenuity’ is one of the things making the No. 20 a good fantasy value.
Jul 19 - 4:22 PM

Matt Kenseth scored a second consecutive victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His victory in the New Hampshire 301 was the 38th of his career.

Kenseth had to make his way into the lead after starting deep in the pack in 18th. He did not lead until after lap 255 and paced the field for only 38 circuits, but scored major points overall. Kenseth was blessed to be in the lead as chaos erupted behind him late in the New Hampshire 301.
Jul 17 - 4:48 PM