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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 was one of several notable drivers who failed to advance to the final round of qualification. His time was only good enough to 27th on the starting grid.
Kenseth has some momentum on his side with a Dover International Speedway victory last week. The good news is that he should earn positive place-differential points in games that offer them. May 26 - 7:46 PM

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According to a report by the ESPN, Matt Kenseth may lose primary sponsorship from Dollar General, which currently leaves the No. 20’s quarter panels blank for 30 races beginning next year.

This is certainly a blow to the organization and Kenseth did not perform up to the standard of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates in the first 10 races this season. The organization is so strong, however, that it is difficult to imagine they will not fill this real estate.
May 24 - 2:55 PM

Matt Kenseth avoided a late-race "Big One" crash and then held off a determined battle from Young Guns Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott to win the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. It was his 37th career Cup win and snapped a season-long winless streak. He, Larson, and Elliott battled hard during the final 20 laps of the race and the outcome was uncertain until the checkered flag.

Kenseth did not have the fastest car at the end of the race, but he behaved like a veteran. Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott were notably faster, but as they battled for second place Kenseth pulled away to a lead that could not quite by overcome.
May 15 - 5:23 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the quickest time in final practice for the 400 with a speed of 181.496 mph set during his first 10 laps on track.

Kenseth was leading at Kansas last fall late in the going, but he did not have the best long-run car. That allowed Joey Logano to get to his back bumper, the No. 20 was spun out of the lead, and the die was cast for both racers. Kenseth does not want a repeat of the Hollywood Casino 400.
May 6 - 3:26 PM

Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano were both involved in the same late-race accident at Talladega SuperSpeedway that ended their day, but it was not their first contact on the track. While trying to bump-draft the No. 20, Logano knocked Kenseth off course and the two argued about the incident outside of the care center.

Rewind to last fall’s Hollywood Casino 400 and Logano’s bump on Kenseth that effectively ended his Chase hopes. That storyline will be front-of-mind this week and could trigger further retaliation between a pair of drivers with bad blood. Logano is undoubtedly still stinging over the Martinsville Speedway wreck that ended his Chase. Neither driver is a safe bet in the upcoming 400.
May 5 - 4:01 PM

Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, which completed a top 10 sweep of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars.

This was the second time this season that the organization swept the top 10 after also placing their drivers in that range at Phoenix International Raceway. On two other occasions, they swept the top 15 at Daytona International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. This is the fifth time this year that Kenseth has been the worst finisher in the camp, however.
Apr 24 - 7:07 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 127.419 mph and will lineup on the outside of the front row at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.

Kenseth ran well in both races last year. He won from the pole in the spring and would have finished better if the team had not taken a few risks with the engine in the fall. His Toyota blew and he finished 43rd and last.
Apr 15 - 5:11 PM

Bad luck continues to plague Matt Kenseth. He was one of 12 drivers involved in a late-race accident at Texas Motor Speedway in the Duck Commander 500 and while he remained on the lead lap, he finished only 11th.

It appeared Kenseth would be one of the luckier drivers when he beat the leaders out of the pits during a green flag stop, but Austin Dillon’s accident at the head of the field collected a lot of strong cars.
Apr 10 - 12:00 PM

Matt Kenseth has not finished in the top 10 in his last four attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. His two worst results came at Charlotte Motor Speedway (42nd) last fall and Vegas (37th) this spring.

Both of those results were caused by crash damage, but in two races when he went the distance, he finished 14th last fall at Kansas Speedway after getting spun from the lead by Joey Logano and he was 19th this spring at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kenseth is not one of this week’s most highly favored marquee drivers.
Apr 7 - 6:23 PM

Matt Kenseth restarted on the outside of the front row with 12 laps remaining after his teammate Kyle Busch chose the inside lane. In the final rundown, he was unable to get to the inside and fell all the way to 15th at the checkers.

The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates had been cooperating on restarts with the leader taking the outside lane. The driver on the inside would slow the field to allow the leader to drop down, but with so few laps remaining, Busch could not play games. Kenseth was the biggest loser on this restart.
Apr 3 - 4:49 PM

Matt Kenseth has recorded the worst place-differential in the field. With an average start of 8.8 (fourth-best on that chart) and an average finish of 19.2 (18th-best) he loses more than 10 positions per race.

Last week in the Auto Club 400 he reversed the trend for the first time all season. After finishing worse than he started in the first four events, he improved one spot in California to finish 19th.
Mar 23 - 3:50 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Auto Club 400. His top speed was 185.419 mph.

Kenseth’s fast speed was confirmed by his teammate Carl Edwards posting the second-fastest time. Kenseth has struggled lately, but it may be time to start thinking of him as a dark horse for a top-five.
Mar 19 - 3:44 PM

Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which was his first top-10 of the season.

Kenseth struggled most of the race and it appeared he was going to settle into 11th. A late-race caution allowed him to charge a little harder and got him into the top 10. Momentum has shifted on less.
Mar 13 - 9:02 PM

One week after a pit penalty cost him a shot at finishing well in Atlanta, Matt Kenseth lost the back of his car late in the Kobalt 400 and spun in front of the field. He finished 37th.

Kenseth lost the air off his back spoiler when he was racing with Ryan Blaney. He might have been able to save the car with minimal damage if he had not been rear-ended by rookie Chase Elliott. This was the seventh time Kenseth finished outside the top 10 in his past eight races.
Mar 7 - 12:01 AM

Matt Kenseth (#20 DeWalt Toyota Camry) tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He ran a fast lap of 189.460 mph. #19 Carl Edwards, #41 Kurt Busch, #27 Paul Menard and #31 Ryan Newman round out the top-five of the 39 cars out on the track. The #30 Chevrolet SS driven by Josh Wise was the slowest in the final practice session.
Mar 5 - 4:31 PM