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

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Matt Kenseth’s sixth-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was his fourth result of sixth or better in his last five attempts this season.
The only time he stumbled was at Texas when he was slightly off sequence on pit strategy at the end of the AAA 500. His solid season failed to net a single victory, but he finished second or third on six occasions. Sun, Nov 16, 2014 10:24:00 PM

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Sprint Cup regular Matt Kenseth wins the Ford EcoBoost 300, his 29th victory in 283 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

This is the No. 20 GameStop/Rock Candy Toyota driver's first victory and 15th top-10 NNS finish in 2014. It is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 13 NNS races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 10:04:00 PM

Matt Kenseth has been sporadically strong and then modest at Homestead since scoring his first and so far only victory at Homestead. He won in 2007, but has only three top-10s in his last six attempts.

There is no clear pattern to how Kenseth will run this week. He had back-to-back top-10s in 2010/2011, but his last two efforts netted an 18th in 2012 and a second last year. Fantasy players should be prepared to split the difference this week and hope for a finish on either side of 10th.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 08:53:00 AM

Matt Kenseth finished third in the Quicken Loans 500k. Like Jeff Gordon, his undoing was an uncharacteristically bad finish the previous week in the AAA Texas 500.

Kenseth’s average finish during the Challenger round was 12.0. His average in the Contender round was 11.3 and he was able to back that up with an identical average in the Eliminator round, but his inconsistent finish at Texas was too much to overcome.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Matt Kenseth began the short, flat track season with a 12th at Phoenix and he followed that up with three straight top-10s in the next races on this track type. His sixth-place finish at Martinsville may have restarted that streak.

Of course that might depend on how well Kevin Harvick runs. If he falls out of contention to make the Chase and has an opportunity to cause Kenseth some grief, it could keep the No. 20 from finding the lead pack.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 09:17:00 AM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 199.299 mph in the third round of qualification for the AAA Texas 500 to win the pole for Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

That is Kenseth’s first pole at Texas, but he started on the outside pole in spring 2012 before finishing in the top five. One of his two victories also came after he started on one of the first two rows. His status as a favorite is confirmed.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 07:49:00 PM

Matt Kenseth needs to regain the form on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks that he showed at the beginning of the season. In his first seven attempts on this track type, he swept the top 10, but his latest two attempts ended in a 13th at Kansas and a 19th at Charlotte.

Texas is a good place for him to recover. In his last 18 races on this track, he finished worse than 12th only one time. His most recent of two victories came in spring 2011.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Matt Kenseth wheel hopped entering turn one on lap 229. He collected Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick, but while Kenseth and Stewart survived to finish among the top 10, Harvick spent more than 40 laps behind wall making repairs. Kenseth finished sixth in the Goody's 500, but Harvick has vowed he will not win the championship.

Emotions ran high at Martinsville with multiple paybacks, including a brake check by Harvick on Kenseth. With three races remaining, the intensity is only going to increase and drivers will be unpredictable if they lose their focus.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Matt Kenseth entered the most recent short track race at Richmond with a perfect record of top-15 finishes on this track type, but crash damage dropped the No. 20 70 laps off the pace and relegated Kenseth to a 41st-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400. He hopes to rebound in the Goody's 500.

Kenseth also ended the 2013 season with an equally long streak, which gives him nine top-15s in his last 10 races. He should be viewed as a good fantasy value this week.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 09:37:00 AM

Last week Matt Kenseth had Brad Keselowski in a headlock after the Bank of America 500 following post-race contact in their cars. This week, he found himself in a position where pushing Keselowski was his best opportunity to advance in the Chase. Kenseth finished second in the Geico 500.

It seems that situations such as these happen nearly every time there is some kind of major drama. Fantasy owners need to realize that just because Kenseth helped Keselowski this week, there are still hard feelings between these two drivers and that could impact race results later in the season.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Matt Kenseth has finished third in his last two attempts at Charlotte. If he wants to earn a third consecutive top-five, he will have to overcome a 22nd-place qualification effort in this week’s Bank of America 500.

If anyone is capable of coming from the back of the pack, Kenseth is such a driver. Last fall’s third in the Bank of America 500 was earned after he started 20th and he has another top-10 in 2012 Coke 600 from that same starting position.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Matt Kenseth was forced to pit multiple times in the early stages of the Hollywood Casino 400 after sustaining some damage in an accordion style accident on lap 80. He was never able to fully recover and race with the leaders, but a 13th-place finish keeps his Chase hopes alive.

A top-15 is in keeping with how Kenseth has run much of the year. He is doing just enough to stay in contention and if this team can find some momentum, they could begin to dominate at any given time.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 09:31:00 AM

Matt Kenseth has been nearly perfect at Kansas in recent seasons. He won back-to-back races there in 2012/2013 and has a worst result of 11th in his last eight attempts.

Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson both have an average finish of 5.2 in their past six races on this track. That is as close to a sure thing as fantasy owners will find this week. Neither driver has been exactly dominant in recent races, however, which might allow a player to sneak up on the competition.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 10:28:00 AM

With a fifth-place finish in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Matt Kenseth earned his first top-five in the past four races and he seeks to regain some of the consistency that he lost during the past month.

Kenseth was one of nine Chase drivers in jeopardy of failing to advance to the Contender round, so he could not afford to be overly aggressive at Dover. With the points resetting next week at Kansas, he can battle for the victory once more on a track type that was kind to him in 2013.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. His top speed was 155.649 mph.

Kenseth needs to regain consistency after finishing 21st at New Hampshire and 41st at Richmond. He is one of nine drivers within 18 points of one another for the final transfer spot to round two of the playoffs and cannot afford to run badly on Sunday. That should contribute to a fairly conservative race setup.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 11:56:00 AM