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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Kenseth spent 96 percent of the Bojangles' Southern 500 inside the top 10, but his name did not get called very often. He crossed under the checkers with a very respectable sixth-place finish at Darlington Raceway.
Matt Kenseth entered last year’s Bojangles' Southern 500 with three straight results of sixth or better at Darlington Raceway. He sustained crash damage before lap 20 and struggled to finish 21st.
Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 200.290 mph and was the first driver who failed to advance to the final round of qualification in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He will start 13th.
Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest lap in the second practice session for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway His speed of 129.587 mph was 0.011 seconds slower than fellow Toyota driver Kyle Busch.
Matt Kenseth has the 10th-best average finish of 2016 and is well deserving of his spot among the Chase hopefuls, but in order to be a better fantasy value, he needs to develop a little more consistency. In the first 22 races of this season, he has one four-race streak of top-10s and one other streak of three consecutive results in that range.
Matt Kenseth quietly made his way through the field and finished 10th at Watkins Glen International. It was his fourth top-10 in the past five races on this track.
Matt Kenseth has finished seventh or better in all but one of this year’s flat track races. Last year, he recorded top-10s in all but two events on this course type.
Matt Kenseth finished second in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard and was the best in show—following his dominant teammate Kyle Busch across the Indianapolis Motor Speedway finish line.
Matt Kenseth failed post-race inspection at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, according to NASCAR.com. "The car did not meet compliance in the laser inspection station (LIS) after Sunday's New Hampshire 301. The car will face further scrutiny this week at the NASCAR Research & Development Center."
Matt Kenseth scored a second consecutive victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His victory in the New Hampshire 301 was the 38th of his career.