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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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The Ford 400 was Matt Kenseth's final race as a full-time NASCAR driver. His eighth place finish was his seventh top-10 at the track in his last eight attempts making him the second best finishing current driver behind Kyle Busch. After not advancing to the round of eight, Kenseth has recorded a win, two top-fives and three top-10 proving that there was still a lot of racing left outside of the playoff structure.
Kenseth was among the two oldest drivers; the other being also retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the field this season but his age did not show fatigue but instead experience. Kenseth was one of the few drivers to make it into the playoffs on points without a win. Clearly, that was not enough for the NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, Kenseth put the cherry on top his final season by winning at Phoenix in the penultimate race last weekend. Nov 19 - 10:41 PM

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In what may be his next-to-last race as a fulltime NASCAR Cup driver, Matt Kenseth won the Can Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway by passing Chase Elliott with 10 laps remaining.

Kenseth can still win, but the Youth Movement seems to be passing him by. He is going to be just as motivated next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway and could play spoiler again. Homestead has never been won by a non-playoff contender under the current set of rules.
Nov 12 - 5:50 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Can Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway among non-playoff contending drivers with a speed of 136.783 mph.

That put him sixth on the board overall and suggests there is a little more work to do. Kenseth has only two more opportunities to leave NASCAR on a high note because he has announced he will take next year off. That could certainly change if a suitable ride popped up.
Nov 10 - 2:39 PM

Matt Kenseth finished fourth in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after starting deep in the field in 35th.

Kenseth needed to use a little strategy to get into position, but once he was with the leaders he showed a ton of speed. This week he announced he would take an indeterminate time off from NASCAR Cup racing and he really wants to go out in style.
Nov 5 - 6:21 PM

Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, and Trevor Bayne were also notable drivers who failed to clear inspection and they will roll off 35th through 37th respectively.

Bayne was one of our dark horses in this week’s DFS story and we are sticking by that. He will earn positive place-differential points and could still grab a top-15.
Nov 3 - 7:00 PM

One week after getting eliminated from playoff contention, Mat Kenseth rebounded with a top-10; he finished ninth in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been great on this track with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, so their near-sweep of the top 10 among the organization was not entirely surprising. Still, Kenseth’s price made him a good value and way to extend one’s salary cap.
Oct 29 - 8:29 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in the first practice for the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 162.550 mph.

Kenseth swept the top five on this track last year, but could only manage a 13th-place finish this spring. He is firmly established among the top 12 in points, but wants to make a statement by winning before he leaves Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the year. That makes him a solid value.
Sep 29 - 3:49 PM

Matt Kenseth scored his fifth straight top five at New Hampshire with a third-place finish in the ISM 300.

Kenseth was this week’s anchor on our Daily Fantasy article and he rewarded us with a great finish. Since Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch led the most laps, however, he did not get a chance to post enough laps led to be at the every top.
Sep 24 - 6:08 PM

Matt Kenseth had another yoemanlike day at Chicagoland Speedway with a ninth in the Taste of the Turtles 400.

Kenseth is still seeking that first win. It could come in the playoffs, but the most important thing is to run well and advance as far as he can on consistency. That will make him attractive to potential owners for 2018.
Sep 18 - 9:55 AM

Matt Kenseth will lead the field to green Saturday night in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 122.421 mph.

This is Kenseth’s 20th career pole. He is not known as a strong qualifier, but he has paced the field twice on this track. In spring 2013 he finished seventh after doing so; this spring, he crashed and finished 23rd.
Sep 8 - 6:41 PM

Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. posted exact times, which ere the single fastest laps in practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Their top speed was 120.897 mph.

Kenseth spent more time on track during the session and that might give him a slight advantage over Truex. While he does not need to win in order to advance to the playoffs, another unique victor would put him in serious trouble so he must run better than Chase Elliott or Jamie McMurray.
Sep 8 - 11:06 AM

Matt Kenseth finished sixth in the Southern 500 after spending a seesaw day at Darlington Raceway.

Kenseth said after the race that he did not feel he had a particularly strong car. He might well not have, but this is a track that rewards patience and intelligence, which are two things Kenseth has in abundance.
Sep 3 - 10:57 PM

Matt Kenseth finished .414 seconds behind Martin Truex Jr. in the I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen International and failed to win his first race of 2017 by one spot.

Kenseth wanted the victory to lock into the playoffs, but with Truex taking the win, his points’ position is more assured. Four races remain and there could still be 16 unique winners, but one’s position in the standings is incredibly important as well.
Aug 6 - 5:39 PM

Matt Kenseth spun on the first lap of the Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway, but he was able to battle back and finish ninth after starting 15th.

Kenseth even managed to lead nine laps along the way during a sequence of pit stops. He was lucky to avoid contact when he spun and now has three consecutive top-10s to his credit during the past three weeks. All of these races came on flat tracks.
Jul 30 - 7:50 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap of practice for the Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 176.077 mph in the morning session.

Kenseth has been one of the top performers the last two weeks on flat tracks. He finished fourth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and was fifth in the Brickyard 400, so he should be considered one of this week’s favorites as well.
Jul 29 - 11:19 AM