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Matt Kenseth

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (45) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Matt Kenseth scored his third top-five of the 2017 season when he crossed under the checkered flag fourth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
One of Kenseth’s previous top-fives came at Atlanta Motor Speedway this spring and that is significant because it is another similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. Equally important, he was joined in the top five by Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. That suggests Joe Gibbs Racing is beginning to turn their season around. Daniel Suarez narrowly missed the top 10 in 11th. May 29 - 1:16 AM

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Matt Kenseth snapped a nine-race, top-10 streak on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this spring at Texas Motor Speedway when he finished 16th, but he has been mostly constant on this track type with 12 consecutive results of 16th or better.

All of those races ended with Kenseth on the lead lap and that is what it takes to get a good finish. Only three of his recent results landed in the top five, however, so it is going to be difficult to use him to anchor one’s roster.
May 24 - 10:30 PM

Matt Kenseth entered last year’s All-star event with a nine-race streak of top-10s, but could not make it 10. He finished 18th.

That was the worst finish of his career in 16 attempts in this exhibition race, so it is a fair bet he will rebound.
May 20 - 6:31 PM

Matt Kenseth scraped the wall during the second round of qualification for the 400 at Kansas Speedway and failed to advance to the final round. He will start 14th Saturday night.

"I just didn’t have the grip I had in practice," Kenseth said. "I was loose and I was tight." Practice is over and the drivers won’t get on the track again until the race begins, so this makes Kenseth a questionable choice.
May 12 - 7:33 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 121.076 mph to win the pole for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

That is Kenseth’s second pole of his career. He grabbed the top spot in spring 2013 in his first attempt with Joe Gibbs Racing and finished seventh. Since then, he has earned five more top-10s in seven Richmond races. On the heels of a strong Bristol Motor Speedway run, he should be considered a favorite to finish well.
Apr 28 - 5:41 PM

NASCAR does not give out a hard charger award, but if they did it just might have gone to Matt Kenseth at Bristol Motor Speedway. He started the Food City 500 22nd and finished fourth.

Like Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick, Kenseth had a difficult start to his season and when the race was lined up by owner points, he started in the back half of the field. He added a ton of place-differential points to his total, however, and banked serious markers for his fantasy owners.
Apr 24 - 5:10 PM

Matt Kenseth entered the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 with an uneven record of three top-10s and three DNFs this season. He finished the race at Texas Motor Speedway, but only recorded a 16th.

That should set off alarm bells for fantasy players. The Joe Gibbs Racing organization is struggling as a whole right now. No one thinks they will stay down for long, but then again no one really knows when they will turn their season around. Evaluate Kenseth in the coming weeks, but only use him when he has stellar numbers in practice.
Apr 15 - 9:08 PM

Matt Kenseth had the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 193.952 mph from laps 20 through 29.

Kenseth has shown consistent speed during the weekend. He qualified eighth, posted the 10th-fastest lap Saturday morning, and had the quickest speed. He is going to be off most fantasy players’ radar screens and that could make him a great value.
Apr 8 - 11:50 AM

Matt Kenseth avoided trouble at Martinsville Speedway and finished the STP 500 ninth after starting 25th.

That has been the key to his success this year. In six starts now, he has swept the top-10 when he has been running at the end of a race, but three of his starts resulted in DNFs due to accidents. It is too soon to tell if he has the monkey off his back, so fantasy players should continue to approach him with caution.
Apr 2 - 8:42 PM

Matt Kenseth’s sojourn inside the top 16 in points was short-lived. He cut a tire on lap 190, pounded the wall, and finished 37th.

Positions 36 and higher pay only one championship point, so this dropped Kenseth from 13th following Las Vegas Motor Speedway to 20th in the standings. He is 21 points behind 16th-place Jimmie Johnson and the fight to get back into playoff contention will get more difficult with each passing week. Joe Gibbs Racing placed their other three drivers in the top 10 at Phoenix International Raceway, however, so Kenseth should be fine.
Mar 20 - 12:17 AM

Since joining Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt Kenseth has seesawed in his results at Phoenix International Raceway.

Kenseth has three top-10s in seven races with this team on this track. None of them have come in back-to-back events and that will not change regardless of how he runs this week. Kenseth finished 21st last fall with crash damage.
Mar 18 - 11:58 AM

Last week Matt Kenseth overcame a speeding penalty and lost lap to finish third at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This week, he managed his race better, but ended with a ninth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Kobalt 400.

Kenseth’s Vegas charge was not as dramatic as what he experienced at Atlanta, but he hovered around the high single digits and low-teens during most of the final segment. His finishing result was in question until the final lap.
Mar 12 - 8:57 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the second-quickest, 10-lap average Saturday with a 186.095 mph in preparation for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kenseth qualified fourth for Sunday’s race and is close enough to the front to become one of the top contenders for the victory.
Mar 11 - 2:38 PM

With his third-place finish last week in Atlanta Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth extended his current top-10 streak on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks to eight consecutive.

Kenseth suffered through five races prior to that streak without a top-10, but he came close in the spring Texas Motor Speedway with an 11th. He finished on the lead lap that afternoon, which means he has completed all the laps in nine straight races. In order to get a good finish, drivers have to go the distance.
Mar 10 - 2:03 PM

Matt Kenseth was caught speeding on pit road during the first segment of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but he rebounded to finish third.

Kenseth spent most of the afternoon a lap down to the leaders. "It took about three hours to get our lap back," he told reporters after the race. Kenseth was one of the pre-race favorites on the strength of two top-fives in his last three Atlanta starts.
Mar 5 - 6:44 PM