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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 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. Oct 31 - 7:49 PM

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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.
Oct 30 - 5:45 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.
Oct 27 - 11:45 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.
Oct 24 - 9:37 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.
Oct 19 - 5:58 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.
Oct 10 - 1:24 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.
Oct 6 - 9:31 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.
Oct 3 - 10:28 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.
Sep 28 - 9:41 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.
Sep 27 - 11:56 AM

In the past four seasons, Dover has been a rollercoaster for Matt Kenseth. He scored three consecutive top-fives in 2011/2012, posted back-to-back sub-30th-place results in 2012/2013, and enters this week with a pair of top-10s in his last two starts.

Kenseth qualified 14th for the AAA 400, but that should not be a barrier to him finishing well. He started the spring FedEx 400 in 21st and managed to climb to third at the end of the afternoon.
Sep 27 - 10:20 AM

Like his teammate Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth had a seesaw race at New Hampshire. Unlike his teammate, however, his day ended in the middle of the rundown with a 21st-place finish in the Sylvania 300.

A 21st-place finish might not seem that bad, but it made him the fifth-worst Chase contender and ruined his record of consistency. Without a win to his credit, Kenseth will need to regain that constancy before he can be viewed as a good fantasy value.
Sep 22 - 5:14 PM

Matt Kenseth carries a three-race, top-10 New Hampshire streak and six consecutive top-15s there into the Sylvania 300. He is searching for a seventh straight finish in that range.

Kenseth posted the eighth quickest speed in Friday morning’s session, but qualified only 16th. He tends to be a long-run driver, however, and a top-10 is well in range.
Sep 20 - 9:17 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that it has entered partnership with world-leading tool and security provider STANLEY and professional power tool provider DEWALT beginning in the 2015 season.

STANLEY will partner with JGR as the primary sponsor for 12 races on the No. 19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards beginning in 2015, while DEWALT will serve as the primary sponsor for six races on the No. 20 Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth. In addition, STANLEY will have associate branding on the No. 18 Toyota throughout the 2015 season, as well as on both the No. 19 and No. 20 Toyotas when not already serving as the primary sponsor.-Joe Gibbs Racing
Sep 17 - 3:51 PM

Partially due to a stop for fresh tires during the final caution period, Kenseth surged five positions in the final 10 laps to finish 10th in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland.

Kenseth earned his position in the Chase by scoring consistent finishes and it appears he is headed toward the second round with that same strategy. His fans would like to see a victory, but fantasy owners will be well-rewarded by his reliability.
Sep 14 - 9:12 PM