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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 made the decision to stay out on old tires with 15 laps remaining and the gamble paid off with a fifth-place finish. For most of the day, even tires with only a handful of laps fell off quickly and sent drivers dropping rapidly to the back.
Kenseth is one of the best at handling a car with used tires and he proved as much this week. Fifth is a far cry from victory, but it seems unlikely that the No. 20 team will go winless two seasons in a row. Mar 1 - 6:43 PM

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When Matt Kenseth failed to clear inspection on Friday, it snapped a four-race streak of qualifying in the top 10 at Atlanta.

In those races, Kenseth scored three top-10 finishes and a 12th so he knows how to get around the track. He should move up quickly and that will be good in games that offer place differential points. Kenseth has finished on the lead lap at Atlanta in 15 consecutive races.
Feb 28 - 5:22 PM

Matt Kenseth won his first Sprint Unlimited over Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards. He led 21 of the 75 laps and led by 0.219 seconds at the checkers

Last year his teammate Denny Hamlin drew first blood with a win in this exhibition race, but it failed to convert that into a solid season. Kenseth failed to win a single race in 2014, however, so this is a step in the right direction for the faltering team.
Feb 14 - 10:34 PM

Based on his career record, Matt Kenseth is likely to finish in the top 10 in the Sprint Unlimited. In eight previous starts, he has recorded five such finishes.

Kenseth has been involved in three accidents, but there was enough attrition last year that he still managed to grab 10th-place among 18 starters.
Feb 14 - 10:59 AM

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

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