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Matt Kenseth |

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (42) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Matt Kenseth wiggled out of turn four coming to the white flag of the Oral-B USA 500 and lost a side-by-side battle with Kasey Kahne. Kenseth’s second-place finish gives him enough of a points’ cushion to lock into the Chase for the Championship.
Kenseth would certainly have preferred to win the Atlanta race and earn the bonus points that go along with a regular season victory, but he accomplished a much bigger feat by qualifying for the Chase. Consistency is going to be incredibly important in the first three races of the playoff-style format, and Kenseth has a proven ability to score points. Sep 1 - 12:16 AM

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Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Oral-B USA 500. His top speed was 188.251 mph, which was recorded on his first lap on the track.

Harvick was only 29th-fastest earlier on Saturday, but he was 10th-quickest over a 10-lap average in that session, which put him in the top half of that chart. Atlanta is the type of track that rewards patience and that is one of Kenseth’s strong traits.
Aug 30 - 6:56 PM

Matt Kenseth hopes to rebound after crashing at Michigan two weeks ago. In the most recent unrestricted, intermediate speedway race, he finished 38th after starting 18th.

Last week, Kenseth had a solid performance at Bristol with a third-place finish and he qualified fifth for Sunday’s race. Luck is an intangible that cannot be handicapped, so the driver of the No. 20 should be treated as a favorite for a top-10.
Aug 30 - 4:12 PM

Sprint Cup regular Matt Kenseth tops the speed chart in the Happy Hour practice session for the Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The No. 20 Toyota Camry driver ran a fast lap of 177.738 mph. No. 3 Ty Dillon, No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 9 Chase Elliott and No. 60 Chris Buescher round out the top five of the 39 cars out on the track. The No. 46 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Carl Long was the slowest in the final practice session. Kenseth also had a 10-lap average speed in both the first practice and the final practice. His 173.188 mph average was the best of three cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in the first session and his 172.807 mph average was the best of 13 cars running 10 consecutive laps in the final practice session.
Aug 29 - 7:33 PM

Matt Kenseth will defend his 2013 victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race. Last year he spent almost 300 of the 500 laps inside the top five on his way to grabbing the checkered flag.

That is his only top-five in the past four races, but prior to struggling in fall 2012 and spring 2013 he had a six-race, top-10 streak going at Bristol. Kenseth should be a good value this week, but fantasy owners will want to watch him closely in practice.
Aug 20 - 12:48 PM

Matt Kenseth was involved in a nine-car accident on lap 26 and sustained significant crash damage. He returned to the track after 27 laps in the garage and ultimately finished 38th.

Kenseth has enough of a points’ lead over the lowest driver who currently would make the Chase based on points, but another catastrophe like that could derail his efforts completely. The next venue on the schedule is Bristol, where carnage is commonplace.
Aug 18 - 10:58 AM

Michigan International Speedway was once a track on which Matt Kenseth could always be counted a favorite. His last four attempts there ended in an average finish of 13th and only one top-10.

Kenseth maintains his consistency there, however, and has a worst result of 17th. If he fits the final niche on a player’s roster he should be started, but do not rearrange a lineup to accommodate him.
Aug 15 - 9:30 AM

Matt Kenseth needed a solid points’ day since he was not in a position to win in the closing laps of the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He was banged about in the closing laps, but held on to finish ninth on the road course.

For Kenseth this should be considered almost the same as a win on a track type where he does not excel. Four races remain in the regular season and there is still a mathematical possibility that he could get unseated from his Chase berth unless he record a win. Michigan and Bristol will be his two best opportunities to find Victory Lane in the regular season.
Aug 10 - 8:38 PM

Matt Kenseth has earned only one top-10 in the last six seasons on road courses. That came in the 2012 Finger Lakes 355k at the Glen

Kenseth would still like to win before the Chase begins, but he is going to be a much better value next week at Michigan. Park him at the Glen and start one of the marquee drivers with a better road course record.
Aug 9 - 1:48 PM

Matt Kenseth was one 13 drivers involved in the lap 118 crash. His was one of the first cars into the wall when Brian Vickers tried to avoid an out of shape Denny Hamlin and cut across its nose. Kenseth failed to finish and was listed in 38th in the final rundown.

If not for NASCAR’s new procedure for making the Chase, this wreck could have had serious implications. Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Carl Edwards were playoff contenders who were severely handicapped by crash damage in this incident. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin survived to record respectable finishes.
Aug 4 - 11:14 AM

Matt Kenseth has finished fourth in his last three attempts on unrestricted, intermediate speedways. He started 14th at Kentucky, 15th at New Hampshire, and 13th at Indy en route to those results.

Kenseth seems to be closing in on a victory and while he amasses top-five finishes he remains a great fantasy value. Kenseth should be a starter on quite a few rosters this week.
Aug 1 - 11:46 AM

Matt Kenseth rounded out a near-perfect race for Joe Gibbs Racing with his fourth-place finish. Teammates Kyle Busch (second) and Denny Hamlin (third) were part of this organization’s sweep of the top five.

Kenseth has duel paths to the Chase. He would like to win a race, but so long as he stays high in the points, it is unlikely that there will be more than 16 unique winners before the playoffs begin. Kenseth needs to keep his consistency to insure his berth and that will make him a good value for fantasy players in upcoming races. This was the second consecutive flat track race in which Kenseth finished fourth.
Jul 27 - 5:41 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Crown Royal 400 with a top speed of 186.285 mph.

Track position is important on flat tracks—even one as long as Indianapolis Motor Speedway—so teams worked primarily on qualification trim. In games that award points for time trials, Kenseth should be considered a strong contender to win the pole on Saturday.
Jul 25 - 1:06 PM

Matt Kenseth is still seeking his first 2014 win to solidify a position in the Chase. Two of his last three Indy attempts resulted in top-five finishes, so there is reason for his fantasy owners to be hopeful.

Players will also want to consider his flat track record this year. He finished sixth and fifth on the short tracks of Martinsville and Richmond. Last week, he spent the majority of the Camping World RV Sales 301 in the top 10 before scoring a fourth-place finish. Kenseth has some impressive near misses this year, but that could make the competition leery of starting him; he could make him a good differentiator on a player’s roster.
Jul 25 - 9:55 AM

Still winless through 19 races, Matt Kenseth has nevertheless scored the third-most top-10s this season. With 12 such finishes, he sits behind the Hendrick Motorsports teammates of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who have 13 top-10s apiece.

Matt Kenseth raises the question about how effective a marquee but winless driver can be for a fantasy owner’s roster. At the beginning of the season when he was stringing top-10 and -15 finishes together with regularity, the answer was fairly simple. He was a driver to place and mostly hold. His latest six attempts have been much less predictable, however, with two fourth-place finishes countered by three results outside the top 15.
Jul 15 - 5:48 PM