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

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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. Oct 4 - 8:43 PM

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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.
Oct 2 - 11:13 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.
Sep 27 - 5:32 PM

Matt Kenseth finished fifth in the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and completed a sweep of the top-five by Chase contenders. Teammate Denny Hamlin won, teammate Carl Edwards finished second, Kurt Busch was third, and Ryan Newman finished fourth.

Chicagoland is typically very kind to Chase hopefuls. Every Chase kickoff on this track has been won by one of them, but last year Kyle Larson broke up their dominance of the top five by finishing third. In addition to sweeping the top five, Joey Logano finished sixth—suggesting the playoff contenders will continue to be the best fantasy NASCAR bargains in the coming weeks.
Sep 20 - 7:00 PM

Matt Kenseth led 352 of the 400 laps of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway in dominant fashion and scored his fourth victory of 2015. Kenseth was forced to pass for the lead after several restarts and he did so with ease each time.

This will tie him in points with Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch once the Chase grid rests next week at Chicagoland Speedway. Three of Kenseth’s wins came in the past six weeks, which gives him more momentum than his two closest competitors.
Sep 12 - 11:02 PM

Three years ago Matt Kenseth replaced Joey Logano in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and it seems they cannot get away from one another. Kenseth posted a lap of 126.357 mph in time trials on Friday and will line up beside Logano on the front row for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400.

This is only Kenseth’s second front row start at Richmond. He led the field to green in spring 2013 after winning the pole and finished seventh. He does have three more starts on the first four rows and has swept the top 10 after rolling off the grid that close to the front.
Sep 11 - 8:31 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the second quickest speed in final practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. His speed of 121.911 mph was recorded during his first 10 laps on the track in that session.

Kenseth was consistent in terms of fastest single laps. He was 11th-best in the morning and 12th-best in the afternoon, but long runs are more important in a 400-lap race.
Sep 11 - 4:50 PM

Matt Kenseth posted one of the fastest single laps in the Friday morning practice session for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed was 128.597 mph, which was set late in the session. He settled into second on the speed chart.

Kenseth led the field to green this April and dominated the top five en route to Victory Lane. On the heels of last week’s win at Michigan International Speedway, he has to be considered a favorite to win this week.
Aug 21 - 12:56 PM

Matt Kenseth led the field to green for the Pure Michigan 400, led the most laps with 146 of 200, and won at Michigan International Speedway in dominant fashion.

Kenseth’s latest win previous to this came at Pocono Raceway and was partly aided by fuel mileage. This is his first truly dominant win in 2015 and it gives him bonus points entering the Chase. Qualification is important at Michigan and this same race was won from the pole last August by Jeff Gordon.
Aug 16 - 5:47 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest time in the first round of qualification and he backed it up with a lap of 197.488 mph in the second round to grab the pole. He will lead the Pure Michigan 400 field to green on Sunday for the first time in his career on this track.

Kenseth has one other front row start at Michigan. He rolled off the grid from second in August 2011 and recorded a finish of 10th. That year was a good one for him overall because he also had a third-place start in June 2011 before finishing second.
Aug 14 - 6:22 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top four spots in the first round of qualification at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400. Matt Kenseth led the contingent with a lap of 195.988 mph.

Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin lined up in the next three spots, but their times will reset as they run for the pole. This kind of consistent speed is a good indication of how they will run in the race, however.
Aug 14 - 5:53 PM

Matt Kenseth earned his second consecutive top-five by conserving fuel in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He was able to nurse his car home fourth behind Kevin Harvick—who was also in fuel conservation mode. His victory last week in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway also came as the result of fuel mileage.

Kenseth had to overcome a 26th-place qualification effort to finish that well. His finish was significant because this was not only Kenseth’s first top-five at Watkins Glen International, it was his first on either of NASCAR’s road courses.
Aug 9 - 7:36 PM

Matt Kenseth conserved his fuel better than anyone else on the track and scored his second win of the 2015 NASCAR season. His official lead over second-place Brad Keselowski was 9.013 seconds in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway.

With 10 to go Kenseth was in fourth. He watched Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Busch run out in front of him and swept past for the win on the final lap. Fuel mileage races are unpredictable, but they require a lot of skill and experience nonetheless.
Aug 2 - 5:13 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top four spots in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. Carl Edwards led the contingent with a speed of 175.812, followed by Matt Kenseth (175.418), Kyle Busch (175.408), and Denny Hamlin (175.298).

JGR has been consistently fast in every practice session and all of their drivers start near the front with Busch on the pole, Kenseth and Edwards lined up side-by-side on row four and Hamlin 11th. Fantasy owners should take whichever of these racers best fit their roster.
Aug 1 - 9:57 AM

Matt Kenseth was 0.077 seconds slower than Brad Keselowski in the first practice session for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been incredibly strong on flat tracks, but their drivers are a little better on the shorter versions. They cannot be overlooked at Pocono though, because all four racers posted times that were 11th-fastest or greater. When an organization is good as a whole, they are more predictable.
Jul 31 - 12:51 PM