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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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Of the 25 tracks on which Matt Kenseth has competed in NASCAR Cup competition, Sonoma Raceway has been the worst in regard to career average finishes. His 22.1 in 16 starts is more than one full position worse than Talladega SuperSpeedway and four spots worse than Daytona International Speedway—Kenseth’s next two bad tracks.
Kenseth apparently does not care for wild card courses, but he has been a little better on the faster, less technical Watkins Glen International where his 14.4 lands 15th on this chart. Jun 22 - 1:39 PM

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Matt Kenseth has the 10th-best average finish through the first 15 races of 2016. His 14.73 lands between Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon.

Unfortunately, he has one of the five-worst place-differentials and that has kept him from being a great value on several occasions. Among the marquee racers, his lack of consistency at the beginning of the season limited his usefulness, but he turned that around at Richmond International Raceway and finished 14th or better in the last six attempts on unrestricted speedways.
Jun 15 - 4:23 PM

Matt Kenseth is the most recent Michigan International Speedway winner after earning his 34th career victory on this track last August. He is also the defending pole winner with his 16th earned pole coming in that same race.

That pole was his first top-10 start in the five most recent Michigan missions, but he swept the top five on this track in 2015 finishes. A rejuvenated Kenseth should challenge for the Firekeepers Casino 400 victory.
Jun 9 - 10:26 PM

Matt Kenseth started third and finished seventh in the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway, but he showed a lot more strength during the event than that suggests. He scored NASCAR’s third-best Driver Rating in route to his top-10 result.

It appears that a lot of weight has been lifted from Kenseth’s shoulders and he is becoming the fantasy value players expected early in this season. His 31 laps led in the central point of the race was a key component to some players winning their leagues.
Jun 6 - 6:20 PM

Matt Kenseth advanced 20 positions from his starting position in the Coca-Cola 600 to finish seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night.

In the first 10 races of the 2016 season, it seemed Matt Kenseth could not do anything right. He finished outside the top 10 in eight of those races and recorded a modest average finish of slightly better than 19th. His fourth-place finish at Kansas Speedway was followed by a victory at Dover International Speedway. He is currently seeded seventh in the Chase grid outlook and is suddenly fantasy relevant once more.
May 30 - 12:16 AM

Matt Kenseth was one of several notable drivers who failed to advance to the final round of qualification. His time was only good enough to 27th on the starting grid.

Kenseth has some momentum on his side with a Dover International Speedway victory last week. The good news is that he should earn positive place-differential points in games that offer them.
May 26 - 7:46 PM

According to a report by the ESPN, Matt Kenseth may lose primary sponsorship from Dollar General, which currently leaves the No. 20’s quarter panels blank for 30 races beginning next year.

This is certainly a blow to the organization and Kenseth did not perform up to the standard of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates in the first 10 races this season. The organization is so strong, however, that it is difficult to imagine they will not fill this real estate.
May 24 - 2:55 PM

Matt Kenseth avoided a late-race "Big One" crash and then held off a determined battle from Young Guns Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott to win the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. It was his 37th career Cup win and snapped a season-long winless streak. He, Larson, and Elliott battled hard during the final 20 laps of the race and the outcome was uncertain until the checkered flag.

Kenseth did not have the fastest car at the end of the race, but he behaved like a veteran. Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott were notably faster, but as they battled for second place Kenseth pulled away to a lead that could not quite by overcome.
May 15 - 5:23 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the quickest time in final practice for the 400 with a speed of 181.496 mph set during his first 10 laps on track.

Kenseth was leading at Kansas last fall late in the going, but he did not have the best long-run car. That allowed Joey Logano to get to his back bumper, the No. 20 was spun out of the lead, and the die was cast for both racers. Kenseth does not want a repeat of the Hollywood Casino 400.
May 6 - 3:26 PM

Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano were both involved in the same late-race accident at Talladega SuperSpeedway that ended their day, but it was not their first contact on the track. While trying to bump-draft the No. 20, Logano knocked Kenseth off course and the two argued about the incident outside of the care center.

Rewind to last fall’s Hollywood Casino 400 and Logano’s bump on Kenseth that effectively ended his Chase hopes. That storyline will be front-of-mind this week and could trigger further retaliation between a pair of drivers with bad blood. Logano is undoubtedly still stinging over the Martinsville Speedway wreck that ended his Chase. Neither driver is a safe bet in the upcoming 400.
May 5 - 4:01 PM

Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, which completed a top 10 sweep of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars.

This was the second time this season that the organization swept the top 10 after also placing their drivers in that range at Phoenix International Raceway. On two other occasions, they swept the top 15 at Daytona International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. This is the fifth time this year that Kenseth has been the worst finisher in the camp, however.
Apr 24 - 7:07 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 127.419 mph and will lineup on the outside of the front row at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.

Kenseth ran well in both races last year. He won from the pole in the spring and would have finished better if the team had not taken a few risks with the engine in the fall. His Toyota blew and he finished 43rd and last.
Apr 15 - 5:11 PM

Bad luck continues to plague Matt Kenseth. He was one of 12 drivers involved in a late-race accident at Texas Motor Speedway in the Duck Commander 500 and while he remained on the lead lap, he finished only 11th.

It appeared Kenseth would be one of the luckier drivers when he beat the leaders out of the pits during a green flag stop, but Austin Dillon’s accident at the head of the field collected a lot of strong cars.
Apr 10 - 12:00 PM

Matt Kenseth has not finished in the top 10 in his last four attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. His two worst results came at Charlotte Motor Speedway (42nd) last fall and Vegas (37th) this spring.

Both of those results were caused by crash damage, but in two races when he went the distance, he finished 14th last fall at Kansas Speedway after getting spun from the lead by Joey Logano and he was 19th this spring at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kenseth is not one of this week’s most highly favored marquee drivers.
Apr 7 - 6:23 PM

Matt Kenseth restarted on the outside of the front row with 12 laps remaining after his teammate Kyle Busch chose the inside lane. In the final rundown, he was unable to get to the inside and fell all the way to 15th at the checkers.

The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates had been cooperating on restarts with the leader taking the outside lane. The driver on the inside would slow the field to allow the leader to drop down, but with so few laps remaining, Busch could not play games. Kenseth was the biggest loser on this restart.
Apr 3 - 4:49 PM