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Matt Kenseth |

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (43) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Matt Kenseth has earned nine top-15s in his last 14 road course races at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International combined, but his best effort in that span of events was an eighth in New York in 2012.
Kenseth will not anchor any rosters this week, but he could be a good fill-in pick if he fits an appropriate slot. All but one of his attempts during the past seven years on this track type ended on the lead lap. Jun 23 - 7:00 PM

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Matt Kenseth quietly spent 71 laps in the top five of the 138 that made up the distance at Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400 and held on to finish fourth in the rain-shortened event.

The placing of the final caution flag did not allow for many dark horses to rise to the top, which meant fantasy players controlled their destiny. Kenseth was once a king of the two-mile tracks and he is reasserting his authority.
Jun 14 - 6:41 PM

Matt Kenseth was touched by magic when he drove the No. 17 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford at Michigan International Speedway, but he has not been quite as strong in the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Only one of his last four attempts on this track ended in a top-10.

Kenseth’s best Michigan finish in that span of races came in his first attempt in the No. 20. He qualified eighth and finished sixth in June 2013, but has failed to crack the top 10 in either session since.
Jun 11 - 9:13 PM

Matt Kenseth incurred a pit road speeding penalty early in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway, but he rebounded to finish sixth.

Often it is not important how many times a fighter gets knocked down, but how often he gets back up. In the previous six weeks Kenseth has scored two strong and one modest result; if that pattern holds, he is due to earn another top-10 at Michigan International Speedway next week.
Jun 7 - 5:37 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 194.252 mph in the final round of qualification and will lead the field to green Sunday night for the Coke 600. This is his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kenseth started on the outside of the front row for the 2011 Bank of America 500 and he won that event. A couple of third-place starts in 2005 and 2013 have not been as efficient, however, with results of 37th and 15th respectively.
May 21 - 8:21 PM

Matt Kenseth will enter the 2015 all-star race as one of the favorites to win—or at least finish in the front half of the pack. His last eight consecutive attempts in this event ended in top-10 finishes with an average of 5.2.

Kenseth’s one and only victory in the all-star race came in 2004, but he has come close several times since with third-place results in 2008, 2012, and last year. He finished second in 2009.
May 14 - 9:41 PM

Matt Kenseth spun just before the halfway mark of the SpongeBob 400 at Kansas Speedway, but was able to keep his Toyota off the wall. He rallied to challenge the leaders at the end and finished sixth in the final rundown.

This was Kenseth’s fourth top-10 in the past six races of 2015. Only two of these were earned in consecutive seasons, however, which has made him a little difficult to handicap.
May 10 - 9:15 AM

Matt Kenseth finished sixth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway to keep his short track streak alive. He finished fourth at Martinsville Speedway and won Bristol Motor Speedway from the pole.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been solid on this track type all year, but Kenseth had to carry the banner for the organization at Richmond. With last week’s win, he has become their top driver and that will positively impact his fantasy handicap moving forward.
Apr 26 - 8:33 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fourth quickest time in final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 122.100 mph from laps two through 11.

Kenseth backed up his strong practice with an equally impressive lap in time trials. He rolls off the grid eighth and should challenge for a top-10. With the right breaks, he could even win a second consecutive event one week after snapping a 51-race winless streak.
Apr 24 - 11:09 PM

It took all day and most of the night, but Matt Kenseth held off determined Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon to win the "Food City 511." Kenseth won from the pole and snapped a 52-race winning streak. The race was slowed by red flags three times and extended 11 laps by one green-white-checkered attempt.

The last time Kenseth won at Bristol from the pole in 2005, he also snapped a 50+-race winless streak. He becomes the sixth different winner of the season and punched his ticket to the 2015 Chase.
Apr 19 - 10:34 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 128.632 mph and won the pole for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer.

This is his second career pole at Bristol. His first came in 2005 and he won the Sharpie 500 after earning it. He also has victories in the fall 2006 and 2013 races that came after he qualified inside the top five. Kenseth could be one of those overlooked drivers who could help differentiate a fantasy roster.
Apr 17 - 5:46 PM

Matt Kenseth has been seesawing in 2015. Three of his six starts ended in top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Atlanta and a fourth at Martinsville. His other three ended outside the top 15.

Two of his worst results landed in the 30s. One of these came on the restrictor-plate, superspeedway of Daytona and was caused by crash damage, but his 31st at Auto Club is much more disturbing because that is a track where he usually runs well. Wait to see it a positive pattern emerges before starting him.
Apr 6 - 9:37 AM

A fourth-place finish by Matt Kenseth in the STP 500 kept a current streak of four consecutive results of sixth or better at Martinsville alive for Matt Kenseth. He led 11 laps during the afternoon and challenged for the win near the end.

This strong run ended a two-race skid in 2015 in which Kenseth finished outside the top 15. All four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers ran strong at times and Kenseth probably looking forward to another short, flat track in Richmond in a couple of weeks.
Mar 29 - 5:58 PM

Matt Kenseth appeared to be destined to finish in the top five in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 until he snapped an axle during a late-race pit stop. He lost one lap making repairs, but got back on the same circuit with the leaders and finished 31st.

Kenseth needs some good luck and then he will rattle off several top-fives. Fantasy owners are right to be cautious until his fortune reverses, however.
Mar 23 - 10:53 AM

Matt Kenseth had a very Kenseth-like afternoon and crossed under the checkers ninth in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas. He spent fewer than 10 laps among the top five and about 100 in the top 10, but was in the right position at the end of the race.

Kenseth timed his last pit stop correctly and utilized his new tires to their maximum. The most points get paid at the end of the race, which benefits a smart driver like Kenseth.
Mar 8 - 11:34 PM