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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 finished seventh in the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard, which was his fourth consecutive finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway of fifth through seventh.
That is consistency on which fantasy players can rely. He does not have the same streak at Pocono Raceway, however, with only one top-10 in his last six attempts there. That sixth-place finish was earned this June, however. Jul 26 - 10:59 PM

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Matt Kenseth finished sixth in the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to score his second consecutive top-10. In the past six races, his results have come in pairs with consecutive top-10s at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, and then two 20-something results at Sonoma Raceway and Daytona International Speedway.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is next on the list, followed by Pocono Raceway, so Kenseth may be able to extend his streak on the flat tracks. If he does, it will be the first time all season that he scored three straight top-10s.
Jul 19 - 7:09 PM

Matt Kenseth qualified eighth for the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to complete a sweep of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers on the first four rows.

Last week at Kentucky Speedway, JGR placed all of their drivers in the top five spots at the end of the race and each of them brought that momentum to New Hampshire. This organization is great on short, flat tracks and all of them need to be considered for Sunday’s race.
Jul 18 - 9:47 AM

Matt Kenseth finished fifth in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway and completed a sweep of the top five for Joe Gibbs Racing, His teammates Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Carl Edwards finished first, third, and fourth respectively.

When an organization sweeps the top spots it suggests they have found something on a track. Unfortunately, that information may not be useful to fantasy owners until next year when the NASCAR Cup series returns to Kentucky.
Jul 11 - 11:25 PM

Matt Kenseth spun out of turn four in the final minutes of practice into the infield grass. With four days of rain in the area, the ground was extremely wet and Kenseth had to be towed.

Kenseth was not happy with his car, but he sat ninth on the speed chart at the time. He is one of the more intelligent drivers in the field and should be able to help effect a setup change overnight.
Jul 10 - 5:54 PM

Matt Kenseth has four top-10 finishes to his credit in the five similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races run so far in 2015. His best finish of fourth came in the most recent race at Charlotte Motor Speedway after leading the field to green from the pole.

The unsettling statistic is his 23rd-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway this April. He not only finished poorly, but he could never find the handle on that track and could struggle once more at Kentucky Speedway. He should be able to maintain the lead lap, however, as he has done so on this track type for the past 21 consecutive races.
Jul 9 - 9:20 AM

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

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