Matt Kenseth had a very Kenseth-like afternoon and crossed under the checkers ninth in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas. He spent fewer than 10 laps among the top five and about 100 in the top 10, but was in the right position at the end of the race.
Matt Kenseth made the decision to stay out on old tires with 15 laps remaining and the gamble paid off with a fifth-place finish. For most of the day, even tires with only a handful of laps fell off quickly and sent drivers dropping rapidly to the back.
When Matt Kenseth failed to clear inspection on Friday, it snapped a four-race streak of qualifying in the top 10 at Atlanta.
Matt Kenseth won his first Sprint Unlimited over Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards. He led 21 of the 75 laps and led by 0.219 seconds at the checkers
Based on his career record, Matt Kenseth is likely to finish in the top 10 in the Sprint Unlimited. In eight previous starts, he has recorded five such finishes.
Matt Kenseth’s sixth-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was his fourth result of sixth or better in his last five attempts this season.
Sprint Cup regular Matt Kenseth wins the Ford EcoBoost 300, his 29th victory in 283 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Matt Kenseth has been sporadically strong and then modest at Homestead since scoring his first and so far only victory at Homestead. He won in 2007, but has only three top-10s in his last six attempts.
Matt Kenseth finished third in the Quicken Loans 500k. Like Jeff Gordon, his undoing was an uncharacteristically bad finish the previous week in the AAA Texas 500.
Matt Kenseth began the short, flat track season with a 12th at Phoenix and he followed that up with three straight top-10s in the next races on this track type. His sixth-place finish at Martinsville may have restarted that streak.
Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 199.299 mph in the third round of qualification for the AAA Texas 500 to win the pole for Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth needs to regain the form on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks that he showed at the beginning of the season. In his first seven attempts on this track type, he swept the top 10, but his latest two attempts ended in a 13th at Kansas and a 19th at Charlotte.
Matt Kenseth wheel hopped entering turn one on lap 229. He collected Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick, but while Kenseth and Stewart survived to finish among the top 10, Harvick spent more than 40 laps behind wall making repairs. Kenseth finished sixth in the Goody's 500, but Harvick has vowed he will not win the championship.
Matt Kenseth entered the most recent short track race at Richmond with a perfect record of top-15 finishes on this track type, but crash damage dropped the No. 20 70 laps off the pace and relegated Kenseth to a 41st-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400. He hopes to rebound in the Goody's 500.