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Matt Kenseth |

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (43) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Matt Kenseth posted one of the fastest single laps in the Friday morning practice session for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed was 128.597 mph, which was set late in the session. He settled into second on the speed chart.
Kenseth led the field to green this April and dominated the top five en route to Victory Lane. On the heels of last week’s win at Michigan International Speedway, he has to be considered a favorite to win this week. Aug 21 - 12:56 PM

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Matt Kenseth led the field to green for the Pure Michigan 400, led the most laps with 146 of 200, and won at Michigan International Speedway in dominant fashion.

Kenseth’s latest win previous to this came at Pocono Raceway and was partly aided by fuel mileage. This is his first truly dominant win in 2015 and it gives him bonus points entering the Chase. Qualification is important at Michigan and this same race was won from the pole last August by Jeff Gordon.
Aug 16 - 5:47 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest time in the first round of qualification and he backed it up with a lap of 197.488 mph in the second round to grab the pole. He will lead the Pure Michigan 400 field to green on Sunday for the first time in his career on this track.

Kenseth has one other front row start at Michigan. He rolled off the grid from second in August 2011 and recorded a finish of 10th. That year was a good one for him overall because he also had a third-place start in June 2011 before finishing second.
Aug 14 - 6:22 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top four spots in the first round of qualification at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400. Matt Kenseth led the contingent with a lap of 195.988 mph.

Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin lined up in the next three spots, but their times will reset as they run for the pole. This kind of consistent speed is a good indication of how they will run in the race, however.
Aug 14 - 5:53 PM

Matt Kenseth earned his second consecutive top-five by conserving fuel in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He was able to nurse his car home fourth behind Kevin Harvick—who was also in fuel conservation mode. His victory last week in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway also came as the result of fuel mileage.

Kenseth had to overcome a 26th-place qualification effort to finish that well. His finish was significant because this was not only Kenseth’s first top-five at Watkins Glen International, it was his first on either of NASCAR’s road courses.
Aug 9 - 7:36 PM

Matt Kenseth conserved his fuel better than anyone else on the track and scored his second win of the 2015 NASCAR season. His official lead over second-place Brad Keselowski was 9.013 seconds in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway.

With 10 to go Kenseth was in fourth. He watched Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Busch run out in front of him and swept past for the win on the final lap. Fuel mileage races are unpredictable, but they require a lot of skill and experience nonetheless.
Aug 2 - 5:13 PM

Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top four spots in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. Carl Edwards led the contingent with a speed of 175.812, followed by Matt Kenseth (175.418), Kyle Busch (175.408), and Denny Hamlin (175.298).

JGR has been consistently fast in every practice session and all of their drivers start near the front with Busch on the pole, Kenseth and Edwards lined up side-by-side on row four and Hamlin 11th. Fantasy owners should take whichever of these racers best fit their roster.
Aug 1 - 9:57 AM

Matt Kenseth was 0.077 seconds slower than Brad Keselowski in the first practice session for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been incredibly strong on flat tracks, but their drivers are a little better on the shorter versions. They cannot be overlooked at Pocono though, because all four racers posted times that were 11th-fastest or greater. When an organization is good as a whole, they are more predictable.
Jul 31 - 12:51 PM

Matt Kenseth finished seventh in the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard, which was his fourth consecutive finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway of fifth through seventh.

That is consistency on which fantasy players can rely. He does not have the same streak at Pocono Raceway, however, with only one top-10 in his last six attempts there. That sixth-place finish was earned this June, however.
Jul 26 - 10:59 PM

Matt Kenseth finished sixth in the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to score his second consecutive top-10. In the past six races, his results have come in pairs with consecutive top-10s at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway, and then two 20-something results at Sonoma Raceway and Daytona International Speedway.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is next on the list, followed by Pocono Raceway, so Kenseth may be able to extend his streak on the flat tracks. If he does, it will be the first time all season that he scored three straight top-10s.
Jul 19 - 7:09 PM

Matt Kenseth qualified eighth for the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to complete a sweep of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers on the first four rows.

Last week at Kentucky Speedway, JGR placed all of their drivers in the top five spots at the end of the race and each of them brought that momentum to New Hampshire. This organization is great on short, flat tracks and all of them need to be considered for Sunday’s race.
Jul 18 - 9:47 AM

Matt Kenseth finished fifth in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway and completed a sweep of the top five for Joe Gibbs Racing, His teammates Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Carl Edwards finished first, third, and fourth respectively.

When an organization sweeps the top spots it suggests they have found something on a track. Unfortunately, that information may not be useful to fantasy owners until next year when the NASCAR Cup series returns to Kentucky.
Jul 11 - 11:25 PM

Matt Kenseth spun out of turn four in the final minutes of practice into the infield grass. With four days of rain in the area, the ground was extremely wet and Kenseth had to be towed.

Kenseth was not happy with his car, but he sat ninth on the speed chart at the time. He is one of the more intelligent drivers in the field and should be able to help effect a setup change overnight.
Jul 10 - 5:54 PM

Matt Kenseth has four top-10 finishes to his credit in the five similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races run so far in 2015. His best finish of fourth came in the most recent race at Charlotte Motor Speedway after leading the field to green from the pole.

The unsettling statistic is his 23rd-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway this April. He not only finished poorly, but he could never find the handle on that track and could struggle once more at Kentucky Speedway. He should be able to maintain the lead lap, however, as he has done so on this track type for the past 21 consecutive races.
Jul 9 - 9:20 AM

Matt Kenseth has earned nine top-15s in his last 14 road course races at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International combined, but his best effort in that span of events was an eighth in New York in 2012.

Kenseth will not anchor any rosters this week, but he could be a good fill-in pick if he fits an appropriate slot. All but one of his attempts during the past seven years on this track type ended on the lead lap.
Jun 23 - 7:00 PM