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

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Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 194.252 mph in the final round of qualification and will lead the field to green Sunday night for the Coke 600. This is his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kenseth started on the outside of the front row for the 2011 Bank of America 500 and he won that event. A couple of third-place starts in 2005 and 2013 have not been as efficient, however, with results of 37th and 15th respectively. May 21 - 8:21 PM

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Matt Kenseth will enter the 2015 all-star race as one of the favorites to win—or at least finish in the front half of the pack. His last eight consecutive attempts in this event ended in top-10 finishes with an average of 5.2.

Kenseth’s one and only victory in the all-star race came in 2004, but he has come close several times since with third-place results in 2008, 2012, and last year. He finished second in 2009.
May 14 - 9:41 PM

Matt Kenseth spun just before the halfway mark of the SpongeBob 400 at Kansas Speedway, but was able to keep his Toyota off the wall. He rallied to challenge the leaders at the end and finished sixth in the final rundown.

This was Kenseth’s fourth top-10 in the past six races of 2015. Only two of these were earned in consecutive seasons, however, which has made him a little difficult to handicap.
May 10 - 9:15 AM

Matt Kenseth finished sixth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway to keep his short track streak alive. He finished fourth at Martinsville Speedway and won Bristol Motor Speedway from the pole.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been solid on this track type all year, but Kenseth had to carry the banner for the organization at Richmond. With last week’s win, he has become their top driver and that will positively impact his fantasy handicap moving forward.
Apr 26 - 8:33 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fourth quickest time in final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 122.100 mph from laps two through 11.

Kenseth backed up his strong practice with an equally impressive lap in time trials. He rolls off the grid eighth and should challenge for a top-10. With the right breaks, he could even win a second consecutive event one week after snapping a 51-race winless streak.
Apr 24 - 11:09 PM

It took all day and most of the night, but Matt Kenseth held off determined Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon to win the "Food City 511." Kenseth won from the pole and snapped a 52-race winning streak. The race was slowed by red flags three times and extended 11 laps by one green-white-checkered attempt.

The last time Kenseth won at Bristol from the pole in 2005, he also snapped a 50+-race winless streak. He becomes the sixth different winner of the season and punched his ticket to the 2015 Chase.
Apr 19 - 10:34 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 128.632 mph and won the pole for the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer.

This is his second career pole at Bristol. His first came in 2005 and he won the Sharpie 500 after earning it. He also has victories in the fall 2006 and 2013 races that came after he qualified inside the top five. Kenseth could be one of those overlooked drivers who could help differentiate a fantasy roster.
Apr 17 - 5:46 PM

Matt Kenseth has been seesawing in 2015. Three of his six starts ended in top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Atlanta and a fourth at Martinsville. His other three ended outside the top 15.

Two of his worst results landed in the 30s. One of these came on the restrictor-plate, superspeedway of Daytona and was caused by crash damage, but his 31st at Auto Club is much more disturbing because that is a track where he usually runs well. Wait to see it a positive pattern emerges before starting him.
Apr 6 - 9:37 AM

A fourth-place finish by Matt Kenseth in the STP 500 kept a current streak of four consecutive results of sixth or better at Martinsville alive for Matt Kenseth. He led 11 laps during the afternoon and challenged for the win near the end.

This strong run ended a two-race skid in 2015 in which Kenseth finished outside the top 15. All four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers ran strong at times and Kenseth probably looking forward to another short, flat track in Richmond in a couple of weeks.
Mar 29 - 5:58 PM

Matt Kenseth appeared to be destined to finish in the top five in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 until he snapped an axle during a late-race pit stop. He lost one lap making repairs, but got back on the same circuit with the leaders and finished 31st.

Kenseth needs some good luck and then he will rattle off several top-fives. Fantasy owners are right to be cautious until his fortune reverses, however.
Mar 23 - 10:53 AM

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.

Kenseth timed his last pit stop correctly and utilized his new tires to their maximum. The most points get paid at the end of the race, which benefits a smart driver like Kenseth.
Mar 8 - 11:34 PM

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.

Kenseth is one of the best at handling a car with used tires and he proved as much this week. Fifth is a far cry from victory, but it seems unlikely that the No. 20 team will go winless two seasons in a row.
Mar 1 - 6:43 PM

When Matt Kenseth failed to clear inspection on Friday, it snapped a four-race streak of qualifying in the top 10 at Atlanta.

In those races, Kenseth scored three top-10 finishes and a 12th so he knows how to get around the track. He should move up quickly and that will be good in games that offer place differential points. Kenseth has finished on the lead lap at Atlanta in 15 consecutive races.
Feb 28 - 5:22 PM

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

Last year his teammate Denny Hamlin drew first blood with a win in this exhibition race, but it failed to convert that into a solid season. Kenseth failed to win a single race in 2014, however, so this is a step in the right direction for the faltering team.
Feb 14 - 10:34 PM

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.

Kenseth has been involved in three accidents, but there was enough attrition last year that he still managed to grab 10th-place among 18 starters.
Feb 14 - 10:59 AM