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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 fifth in his Can-Am Duel and will start the Daytona 500 in ninth.
Kenseth has not fared very well in recent Daytona races. In eight of his last nine attempts on this track, he finished worse than he started and most of those efforts ended outside the top 15. In last year’s 500 he had the outside pole, but slipped to 14th at the checkers. That cost 12 place-differential points in games that offer them. Feb 24 - 12:28 PM

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Matt Kenseth has scored 14 top-10s in 34 starts at Daytona International Speedway; only one of these has come with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).

In his last year with Roush-Fenway Racing, Kenseth won the 2012 Daytona 500. He finished third in the Coke Zero 400 later that year, but he blew an engine and crashed in his first two attempts with JGR. In fact, half of his eight starts with this organization at this track have ended outside the top 25.
Feb 18 - 11:36 AM

The winner of the 2015 edition of the Clash, Matt Kenseth will make his 11th start in the non-points event Saturday night when he jumps behind the wheel of the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota.

When the 2003 Cup Series Champ scored the victory in the Clash two years ago, he did so in fairly convincing fashion, leading 21 of the 75 laps run after starting 16th. In addition to the win, Kenseth’s stats in the Clash feature three top-five finishes and six top-10s with 53 laps led and an average finish of 9.5. And while he only has one win in the Clash, Kenseth is no stranger to victory lane at Daytona. He is a two-time winner of the iconic Daytona 500, winning the 2009 and 2012 editions of the Great American Race.-TSC
Feb 16 - 3:03 PM

Matt Kenseth has a recent three-year average finish of 5.83 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which makes him the leading driver at this track.

Kenseth’s 5.83 ties him for the eighth-best three-year average finish among all active drivers with more than two starts on tracks that host two races per year. Kenseth earned this average with five top-10s in his last six efforts that includes back-to-back wins in fall 2015/spring 2016 and a runner-up finish last fall. He also had a pair of top-10s in 2013’s races.
Feb 14 - 1:57 PM

If NASCAR had awarded segment points in 2016 at the one-quarter and halfway marks, Matt Kenseth would have earned points in 53 segments.

Kenseth would have earned the fourth-most of 327, but he would not have benefited very often by the bonus that goes along with segment wins. He led the field at either the quarter or halfway mark only four times, but two of these came during the playoffs at Kansas Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
Feb 7 - 12:32 PM

Matt Kenseth has the fourth-best average finish at Dover International Speedway during the past three years among active, fulltime drivers.

In the past several days we have highlighted a number of drivers with 10th-place or better average finishes on NASCAR tracks that host two or more races. Kenseth barely meets that criterion with an average of 10th, but then again only Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr. have better records so Kenseth must be considered when the series rolls onto this track in early June.
Feb 6 - 1:49 PM

Matt Kenseth lands fourth on the list of active drivers at Kansas Speedway during the past three years with a mark of 9.33 in six races.

Kenseth has scored only one top-five on this course in the past three years, but his consistency is what recommends him. In the last six races, he has a worst finish of 14th that was earned after he was spun out of the lead by Joey Logano during the playoffs two years ago. Kenseth should be considered a top option for the win, however, because he won back-to-back races on this track in fall 2012/spring 2013.
Feb 5 - 2:10 PM

Matt Kenseth has earned his current, best three-year averages at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

As we get closer to the top of this list, the numbers become truly impressive. In the past three years, Kenseth has scored an average finish of 4.3 at Indy and 5.8 at New Hampshire on the backs of a worst result of seventh at Indy and five top-sixes in the past six races at New Hampshire. Two of his recent New Hampshire results were wins and he finished second in last year’s Crown Royal 400. Kenseth is expected to have another solid year in 2017 and is ranked eighth by Rotoworld Fantasy.
Jan 28 - 1:39 PM

Matt Kenseth has earned the fourth-most top-10s in the past three years with a total of 61.

That puts him only one top-10 ahead of teammate Denny Hamlin and it illustrates just how strong this organization has been during the past three years. The difference-maker is that Kenseth has one more victory in that timeframe than Hamlin. Kenseth’s best tracks in the past three years have been Dover International Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has five apiece. Notably both tracks are a mile in length.
Jan 18 - 1:25 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the seventh-best average finish in 2016 with a 13.75.

As strong as he was, however, he had difficulty sustaining his momentum. He scored five consecutive top-10s once and four on another occasion, but each of those had a sub-25th-place result adjacent.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the Ford EcoBoost 400, which extended his current streak of Homestead-Miami Speedway top-10s to four.

Kenseth was at his best in 2013 when he finished second, but he has not quite been able to climb into the top five again. Last year he was seventh after starting 19th. He started closer to the front this year in seventh, but that did not make much difference.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 10:37:00 PM

Matt Kenseth was leading at the end of regulation, but an accident during the first attempt at overtime sent him to the back of the pack to finish 21st in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Kenseth was cleared by his spotter entering turn one, but Alex Bowman had a bigger head of steam than anticipated. The two made contact with Kenseth on the outside and that sent him hard into the wall. His 21st-place finish in this race was well below the cutoff mark and Kenseth enters Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at finishing fifth in the standings instead of winning the Chase.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 09:48:00 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the 13th-fastest single lap in Saturday’s first session, was 10th-quickest among 30 drivers in regard to 10 laps runs, and posted the 10th-fastest time in final practice.

Kenseth cannot afford to finish outside of the top five even if he has a solid top-10 run. The competition is going to be so high for the final transfer spot that all of the Chasers except Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards will be going for broke.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 06:53:00 PM

During a week when it will probably require a top-five to advance in the Chase, Matt Kenseth is likely to be one of the odd-men out based on his Phoenix International Raceway record.

Kenseth has not been terrible on this track, but he has only one top-five in his last 16th Phoenix attempts. In that same span, he has only five top-10s and the majority of the rest are in the teens. Kenseth will probably earn a top-10 this week and that could make him a provisionally good value in salary cap games, but he is unlikely to get enough points to be in Chase contention at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, which puts him one point behind the bubble to make the Chase finale in Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This was the first top-10 for Kenseth at Texas since he finished seventh in the spring 2014 race. Joe Gibbs Racing is solid on short, flat tracks but so are Penske Racing and Kevin Harvick so next week is going to hotly contested. Expect six or seven Chase contenders to finish in the top 10 next week.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 11:47:00 PM