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Matt Kenseth

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (44) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott, and Carl Edwards lined up behind Jimmie Johnson on the fastest lap chart for the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega.
The difference between the leader and Carl Edwards in fourth was .014 seconds. Edwards tied Alex Bowman and Kasey Kahne at that same mark, which puts six cars in a virtual tie at the top of the leaderboard. This is a good example of why the drafting pack gets to be so big on this restrictor-plate, superspeedway. Oct 21 - 5:32 PM

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If his last two seasons are any indication, Matt Kenseth is going to be fantasy pyrite this week with three consecutive losses of position at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

Both of Kenseth’s results last year started in the top 10 and ended in the mid-20s. This May, he started fourth and finished 23rd. He has not earned many fantasy points for his finishing result and that negative place-differential has cost his owners even more.
Oct 21 - 5:05 PM

Matt Kenseth finished ninth in the Hollywood Casino 400 after taking the early lead from the pole.

Kenseth remained near the front of the pack and led 116 of the first 125 laps. After that, he fell back into the pack and his car did not handle as well in heavy traffic. Kenseth tried to overcompensate, brushed the wall midway through the race, and was happy to finish in the top 10. When asked what his feelings were about the race, he responded, "dumb and disappointed" for causing his own problem.
Oct 16 - 7:42 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the single fastest lap in the final practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 with a speed of 186.361 mph.

Kenseth has been capable of winning on a couple of occasions so far this Chase. He will lead the field to green on Sunday from the pole, which should be a good omen. This May, he started second and finished fourth in the 400.
Oct 15 - 2:33 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 192.089 mph in the final round of qualification for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and will lead the field to the green on Sunday.

Kenseth beat his teammate Kyle Busch by .001 seconds. Carl Edwards had the third fastest lap with the Front Row Motorsports affiliate Martin Truex Jr. lining up fourth. That means Joe Gibbs Racing came prepared and will be the organization to beat this Sunday. This is Kenseth’s first pole of the year, but his third at Kansas during his career.
Oct 14 - 7:17 PM

Matt Kenseth led the field to green on the final restart of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but lost the lead to Jimmie Johnson. The No. 20 held on to finish second.

Last year teammate Denny Hamlin finished second in this race but was eliminated at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which means Kenseth cannot be entirely at peace. Kenseth is in much better shape than he was in last year as the field heads to Kansas Speedway. Last year, he had a car capable of winning until contact from Joey Logano dropped him from the lead. The drama for the Chase contenders mounts.
Oct 9 - 4:28 PM

Matt Kenseth was one of four Chase contenders who failed to make the final round of qualification. With a speed of 193.791 mph, he will roll off the grid 17th.

Kenseth had trouble getting through the inspection line and that undoubtedly threw this team off their rhythm. Kenseth should finish at least in the top 15, which will give him positive place-differential points.
Oct 6 - 8:10 PM

Matt Kenseth enters the Bank of America 500 with a four-race streak of top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Kenseth finished fourth at Kansas Speedway this May, but he slipped to seventh in the Coke 600 and has not scored a top-five since. In games where he is rightly-priced, he makes a solid pick. Three of his last six Charlotte Motor Speedway races ended in top-fives.
Oct 4 - 12:39 PM

Matt Kenseth finished fifth in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway, which backed up his spring victory on this track quite well.

Kenseth has been great at Dover when he stays out of trouble. In the past nine seasons, he has finished in the top five two-thirds of the time. Four of the remaining 16 races ended outside the top 15.
Oct 2 - 6:06 PM

Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth posted the second- and third-fastest time in the first practice session for the Citizen Soldier 400, and along with Kyle Larson bettered the current qualification record speed.

Edwards’ top speed was 165.122 mph; Kenseth posted a lap of 164.775 mph. Brad Keselowski holds the current record set in June 2014 with a lap of 164.444 mph. Chasers have dominated the speed chart in the first two races of the playoffs and are doing so once again. The top-14 in points is where this week’s fantasy favorites will come from.
Sep 30 - 11:58 AM

Matt Kenseth led 105 of 300 laps in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but got passed by Kevin Harvick with eight laps remaining. He finished second after starting eighth.

This has been a good track for Kenseth in recent years and so has Dover International Speedway. The No. 20 driver has now finished first or second in his last three New Hampshire races and with two more short, flat track races in the Chase, he has a good opportunity to advance to the finale.
Sep 25 - 5:36 PM

Matt Kenseth was one of several Chase contenders who got caught for speeding in the Chicagoland Speedway pits. His penalty came under caution before the halfway point, however, and Kenseth rallied to finish ninth after starting the afternoon seventh.

Kenseth had a quiet day otherwise, which is precisely what he needed to start the Chase. This was his fourth straight top-10 in the first race of the playoffs. He has a great record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway as well, so he should settle into a comfortable rhythm before the second round begins.
Sep 18 - 8:18 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the third-quickest time in the Saturday morning session for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. His time of 181.646 mph was set during his first 10 laps on the track.

Kenseth enters the weekend with three consecutive top-10s on this track including a victory in the 2014 Chase for the Championship kickoff. The Joe Gibbs Racing juggernaut should continue to dominate in the Windy City.
Sep 17 - 2:00 PM

Matt Kenseth cut a tire on lap 335 of the Federated Auto Parts 400 after contact with Brad Keselowski. He slammed the wall hard and failed to finish. Kenseth was credited with 38th after starting third. In addition to a poor finishing result, he lost 35 place-differential points.

The most notable thing about the incident is how quickly it renewed the rivalry between Kenseth and the Penske Racing teammates—specifically Keselowski. Last year on-track incidents cots both teams a shot at winning the championship.
Sep 11 - 1:30 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top-five spots in final practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with their four drivers leading the session and affiliate Martin Truex Jr. posting the fifth-best time. Carl Edwards had the best 10-lap average of 116.652 mph, Matt Kenseth was 116.607, Denny Hamlin 116.580, Kyle Busch 116.575, and Truex 116.514.

The lesson is pretty clear. The Gibb’s guys are going to dominate most of the Richmond race and are likely to fail to sweep the top 10 only if they sustain damage of make a mistake in the pits.
Sep 9 - 1:46 PM