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Age / DOB:  (43) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Matt Kenseth’s season unraveled quickly when he was spun out of the lead at Kansas Speedway during the Chase. He finished 14th in that race, drew 26th in the Talladega SuperSpeedway event, and then was parked at Martinsville Speedway for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano. One week prior to Kansas, he also crashed and finished 42nd at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kenseth was penalized two races for his contact with Logano and redeemed himself a little by finishing seventh at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That was his 20th top-10, which gave him a ratio of nearly 60 percent. Mon, Dec 21, 2015 06:25:00 PM

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Ryan Pemberton will vacate his role as senior vice president of competition at the end of 2015, according to NBC’s Dustin Long. No replacement has been named yet.

Pemberton has been with NASCAR at a senior level since 2004 and is perhaps best known for uttering the phrase, "Boys, have at it" in response to how drivers should police themselves in the 2010 season. Matt Kenseth took that phrase to heart this fall when he intentionally wrecked Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 04:26:00 PM

Matt Kenseth (#20 Dollar General Toyota Camry) finished seventh in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started 19th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 267-lap event. Kenseth, who competed in 34 of the season's 36 races, scored five wins (Bristol - May 19th, Pocono - August 2nd, Michigan - August 16th, Richmond - September 12th and Loudon - September 27th), four poles, 12 top-fives, 20 top-10s and closed out the season 15th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 08:14:00 PM

Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his return to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. He was forced to miss the two most recent races due to a penalty.

Like most of the top-10 finishers, Kenseth kept a streak of strong runs alive on this track. This was his third straight top-10, but he had to work hard for it after starting the race 19th.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 09:41:00 PM

Matt Kenseth has been suspended for two NASCAR Sprint Cup races after intentionally spinning Joey Logano last week at Martinsville Speedway, according to a press release by the sanctioning body.

"Based upon our extensive review, we have concluded that the No. 20 car driver, who is no longer in the Chase, intentionally wrecked the No. 22 car driver, a Chase-eligible competitor who was leading the race at the time," according to the release. Kenseth should be removed from all rosters at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. The release concludes "these actions have no place in NASCAR."
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 06:05:00 PM

Suspension from racing remains a possibility for Matt Kenseth, according to NBC’s Dustin Long, as reported on Sirius radio Tuesday morning. The suspension would arise from his intentionally wrecking Joey Logano in the Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway, according to Brian France.

France said that the incident at Kansas Speedway was different than what happened at Martinsville because the two were racing for position. A final judgment should come later on Tuesday.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 12:14:00 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the second-best speed in qualification for the 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway. His lap of 193.580 mph will allow him to line up on the outside of the front row on Sunday.

Kenseth is in a must-win situation this week and he should be encouraged to get off to such a strong start. Notably the other driver who must win to comfortably advance to the next round of the Chase lines up one spot behind; Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified fifth.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 11:31:00 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session at Talladega SuperSpeedway for the 500 among the 12 Chase racers. His top speed of 198.615 mph was 13th on the overall grid.

Speeds can be misleading at Talladega. Kenseth led a line of drivers early in the session, but it is possible that the other Chase contenders did not want to press the envelope. For Kenseth only one position matters in the 500 and that is the first one. Predicting wins in plate races is virtually impossible.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 03:03:00 PM

Matt Kenseth posted top-five fastest laps in both practice sessions for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. He was second-best in the morning and fourth-fastest in final practice.

Kenseth is not exactly in a win-or-else scenario, but he is not far off that mark. Kenseth qualified just outside the top 10 in 11th and should be able to contend for a top-five. Finding that extra something needed to win is tricky, however, and Kenseth is in a precarious positon. That could cause him to make a risky strategy call and become a poor value.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kansas Lottery 300 with a lap of 29.204 seconds, 184.906 mph in the No. 20 Reser's Main St. Bistro Toyota.

This is his 17th pole in 288 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his first pole and fifth top-10 NXS start in 2015 and his third pole in nine NXS races at Kansas Speedway.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 02:09:00 PM

Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman tangled just past the halfway mark of the Bank of America 500. Both drivers have sustained damage on their cars and struggle to stay on the lead lap.

Kenseth appears to have broken something in the right rear of his axle/driveline. The carnage continues for Chasers as this follows an earlier incident between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 02:38:00 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 194.532 mph in the third and final round of qualification for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He will lead the field to green on Saturday night.

This is Kenseth’s fourth pole of the season that was won on time and completes a sweep of that position at Charlotte. This May he finished fourth after leading the field to green. He also won at Michigan International Speedway after earning the pole. Last week he was awarded the top spot based on points and finished seventh.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 08:19:00 PM

Matt Kenseth earned his fourth consecutive top-10 with a seventh at Dover International Speedway in the AAA 400, which allowed him to easily advance to the Contender round of the playoffs.

Kenseth ended the Challenger round as the top seeded driver, but now he is tied for first with 11 other racers as the points reset to 3,000. Kenseth needs to keep his momentum alive for three more weeks and he has a good opportunity to do so with back-to-back races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 08:43:00 PM

All on track activities have been canceled for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and the grid will be set by NASCAR’s rule book. That means Matt Kenseth will lead the field to green Sunday—or whenever the rain lets up.

This will be the second time in his career that Kenseth led the field to green as the points’ leader. In September 2003 he finished ninth after doing so. He also has one pole on time; he finished 40th after starting first in June 2002.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Matt Kenseth gave Joe Gibbs Racing their fourth consecutive victory in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he passed a faltering Kevin Harvick with three laps remaining. This is his second victory after passing drivers gambling on fuel.

Along with his teammate Denny Hamlin who won last week at Chicagoland Speedway, Kenseth now has an automatic advance into the second round of the Chase. This is Kenseth’s fifth win of the season, but more importantly it is his fourth victory in the last eight races of the season, which gives him a ton of momentum.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 05:32:00 PM