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Matt Kenseth |

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-20
Age / DOB:  (42) / 3/10/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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Sprint Cup regular Matt Kenseth tops the speed chart in the Happy Hour practice session for the Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The No. 20 Toyota Camry driver ran a fast lap of 177.738 mph. No. 3 Ty Dillon, No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 9 Chase Elliott and No. 60 Chris Buescher round out the top five of the 39 cars out on the track. The No. 46 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Carl Long was the slowest in the final practice session. Kenseth also had a 10-lap average speed in both the first practice and the final practice. His 173.188 mph average was the best of three cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in the first session and his 172.807 mph average was the best of 13 cars running 10 consecutive laps in the final practice session. Aug 29 - 7:33 PM

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Matt Kenseth will defend his 2013 victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race. Last year he spent almost 300 of the 500 laps inside the top five on his way to grabbing the checkered flag.

That is his only top-five in the past four races, but prior to struggling in fall 2012 and spring 2013 he had a six-race, top-10 streak going at Bristol. Kenseth should be a good value this week, but fantasy owners will want to watch him closely in practice.
Aug 20 - 12:48 PM

Matt Kenseth was involved in a nine-car accident on lap 26 and sustained significant crash damage. He returned to the track after 27 laps in the garage and ultimately finished 38th.

Kenseth has enough of a points’ lead over the lowest driver who currently would make the Chase based on points, but another catastrophe like that could derail his efforts completely. The next venue on the schedule is Bristol, where carnage is commonplace.
Aug 18 - 10:58 AM

Michigan International Speedway was once a track on which Matt Kenseth could always be counted a favorite. His last four attempts there ended in an average finish of 13th and only one top-10.

Kenseth maintains his consistency there, however, and has a worst result of 17th. If he fits the final niche on a player’s roster he should be started, but do not rearrange a lineup to accommodate him.
Aug 15 - 9:30 AM

Matt Kenseth needed a solid points’ day since he was not in a position to win in the closing laps of the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He was banged about in the closing laps, but held on to finish ninth on the road course.

For Kenseth this should be considered almost the same as a win on a track type where he does not excel. Four races remain in the regular season and there is still a mathematical possibility that he could get unseated from his Chase berth unless he record a win. Michigan and Bristol will be his two best opportunities to find Victory Lane in the regular season.
Aug 10 - 8:38 PM

Matt Kenseth has earned only one top-10 in the last six seasons on road courses. That came in the 2012 Finger Lakes 355k at the Glen

Kenseth would still like to win before the Chase begins, but he is going to be a much better value next week at Michigan. Park him at the Glen and start one of the marquee drivers with a better road course record.
Aug 9 - 1:48 PM

Matt Kenseth was one 13 drivers involved in the lap 118 crash. His was one of the first cars into the wall when Brian Vickers tried to avoid an out of shape Denny Hamlin and cut across its nose. Kenseth failed to finish and was listed in 38th in the final rundown.

If not for NASCAR’s new procedure for making the Chase, this wreck could have had serious implications. Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, and Carl Edwards were playoff contenders who were severely handicapped by crash damage in this incident. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin survived to record respectable finishes.
Aug 4 - 11:14 AM

Matt Kenseth has finished fourth in his last three attempts on unrestricted, intermediate speedways. He started 14th at Kentucky, 15th at New Hampshire, and 13th at Indy en route to those results.

Kenseth seems to be closing in on a victory and while he amasses top-five finishes he remains a great fantasy value. Kenseth should be a starter on quite a few rosters this week.
Aug 1 - 11:46 AM

Matt Kenseth rounded out a near-perfect race for Joe Gibbs Racing with his fourth-place finish. Teammates Kyle Busch (second) and Denny Hamlin (third) were part of this organization’s sweep of the top five.

Kenseth has duel paths to the Chase. He would like to win a race, but so long as he stays high in the points, it is unlikely that there will be more than 16 unique winners before the playoffs begin. Kenseth needs to keep his consistency to insure his berth and that will make him a good value for fantasy players in upcoming races. This was the second consecutive flat track race in which Kenseth finished fourth.
Jul 27 - 5:41 PM

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Crown Royal 400 with a top speed of 186.285 mph.

Track position is important on flat tracks—even one as long as Indianapolis Motor Speedway—so teams worked primarily on qualification trim. In games that award points for time trials, Kenseth should be considered a strong contender to win the pole on Saturday.
Jul 25 - 1:06 PM

Matt Kenseth is still seeking his first 2014 win to solidify a position in the Chase. Two of his last three Indy attempts resulted in top-five finishes, so there is reason for his fantasy owners to be hopeful.

Players will also want to consider his flat track record this year. He finished sixth and fifth on the short tracks of Martinsville and Richmond. Last week, he spent the majority of the Camping World RV Sales 301 in the top 10 before scoring a fourth-place finish. Kenseth has some impressive near misses this year, but that could make the competition leery of starting him; he could make him a good differentiator on a player’s roster.
Jul 25 - 9:55 AM

Still winless through 19 races, Matt Kenseth has nevertheless scored the third-most top-10s this season. With 12 such finishes, he sits behind the Hendrick Motorsports teammates of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who have 13 top-10s apiece.

Matt Kenseth raises the question about how effective a marquee but winless driver can be for a fantasy owner’s roster. At the beginning of the season when he was stringing top-10 and -15 finishes together with regularity, the answer was fairly simple. He was a driver to place and mostly hold. His latest six attempts have been much less predictable, however, with two fourth-place finishes countered by three results outside the top 15.
Jul 15 - 5:48 PM

Matt Kenseth finished fourth in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and is still searching for his first victory of 2014.

With 11 unique race winners so far this season, five drivers currently will make the race based on their position in the points. Kenseth’s fourth-place on Sunday elevated him to fourth in the standings and while he is not yet mathematically safe, he should qualify for the Chase. Much more troublesome for fantasy players, however, is that the No. 20 team still has not regained their 2013 form.
Jul 13 - 5:34 PM

Matt Kenseth has the greatest average improvement at New Hampshire in the Cup series among active drivers entered this week. In 28 previous starts, he has advanced seven positions to finish 13.36.

He will need to use his skill at navigating traffic this week after qualifying only 15th. In this race last year he improved to ninth after starting 12th, so a top-10 could be questionable for the Joe Gibbs racer.
Jul 11 - 7:00 PM

Matt Kenseth was one of five drivers who swept the top 10 at New Hampshire last year with a ninth in the summer and a victory in the fall.

Kenseth had much more momentum when he came to New Hampshire for last year’s Camping World RV Sales 301 and could manage to finish only ninth. This year, it is much more likely he will finish in the low- to mid-teens like he did in both 2012 events.
Jul 10 - 4:41 PM