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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 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.
Kenseth earned a lot of points for his fantasy owners by adding 16 place-differential points to his total after starting 18th. This comes on the heels of a victory last week on the flat track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This was Kenseth’s fifth top-10 in six flat track races in 2016 and completes a sweep of the top 15 on this track type so far. Jul 24 - 7:10 PM

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Matt Kenseth failed post-race inspection at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, according to "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."

Kenseth will keep the win and any penalties will be detailed later in the week. Drivers consistently bump up against the rules and unless there is a clear message that needs to be relayed by NASCAR to the teams, this ‘ingenuity’ is one of the things making the No. 20 a good fantasy value.
Jul 19 - 4:22 PM

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.

Kenseth had to make his way into the lead after starting deep in the pack in 18th. He did not lead until after lap 255 and paced the field for only 38 circuits, but scored major points overall. Kenseth was blessed to be in the lead as chaos erupted behind him late in the New Hampshire 301.
Jul 17 - 4:48 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the third-fastest time in the second practice session for the New Hampshire 301 with a speed of 131.193 mph. His two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin were the only two racers ahead of him.

Kyle Busch was not far off with the seventh-fastest lap. When an organization is this consistently strong, it bodes well for the handicap of each racer. One of the Gibbs’ guys is liable to win.
Jul 16 - 11:32 AM

Matt Kenseth finished eighth in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, which made him the best among the drivers who pitted late in the race.

Kenseth took the lead momentarily before pitting with six laps remaining. Partly because he needed less fuel than the drivers who came down pit road before him, Kenseth was able to get back on track in front of the other racers who were starved for gasoline. Earning points is often about making the most of one’s situation.
Jul 10 - 12:07 AM

Matt Kenseth has finished worse than he started in his last five restrictor-plate, superspeedway races. Four of these attempts began on the first four rows, but his best result was a 14th.

In these five races, Kenseth averaged a finish of 22.2 with an average start of 7.4. In addition to banking very few points for his finishing position, Kenseth lost 14.8 place-differential markers.
Jul 1 - 12:45 PM

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

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