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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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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

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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

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 186.428 mph and will start the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 16th.

Kenseth has started an Atlanta race in this range on several occasions and almost always finishes better than he qualified. Notably, he has three top-five results after starting 17th through 23rd, but all of these came in a Roush-Fenway Racing Ford.
Mar 3 - 6:35 PM

Matt Kenseth finished fifth in his Can-Am Duel and will start the Daytona 500 in ninth.

Kenseth has not fared very well in recent Daytona races. In eight of his last nine attempts on this track, he finished worse than he started and most of those efforts ended outside the top 15. In last year’s 500 he had the outside pole, but slipped to 14th at the checkers. That cost 12 place-differential points in games that offer them.
Feb 24 - 12:28 PM

Matt Kenseth has scored 14 top-10s in 34 starts at Daytona International Speedway; only one of these has come with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).

In his last year with Roush-Fenway Racing, Kenseth won the 2012 Daytona 500. He finished third in the Coke Zero 400 later that year, but he blew an engine and crashed in his first two attempts with JGR. In fact, half of his eight starts with this organization at this track have ended outside the top 25.
Feb 18 - 11:36 AM

The winner of the 2015 edition of the Clash, Matt Kenseth will make his 11th start in the non-points event Saturday night when he jumps behind the wheel of the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota.

When the 2003 Cup Series Champ scored the victory in the Clash two years ago, he did so in fairly convincing fashion, leading 21 of the 75 laps run after starting 16th. In addition to the win, Kenseth’s stats in the Clash feature three top-five finishes and six top-10s with 53 laps led and an average finish of 9.5. And while he only has one win in the Clash, Kenseth is no stranger to victory lane at Daytona. He is a two-time winner of the iconic Daytona 500, winning the 2009 and 2012 editions of the Great American Race.-TSC
Feb 16 - 3:03 PM

Matt Kenseth has a recent three-year average finish of 5.83 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which makes him the leading driver at this track.

Kenseth’s 5.83 ties him for the eighth-best three-year average finish among all active drivers with more than two starts on tracks that host two races per year. Kenseth earned this average with five top-10s in his last six efforts that includes back-to-back wins in fall 2015/spring 2016 and a runner-up finish last fall. He also had a pair of top-10s in 2013’s races.
Feb 14 - 1:57 PM