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Matt Kenseth

1972-03-10 (age 49)


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Kenseth proud of top-10 finish after “nerve-wracking” start

Matt Kenseth scored a top-10 finish in Sunday’s Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Speedway, despite zero practice in a Cup car since his two-year break from the series.

NASCAR approves playoff waivers for Kenseth and Newman

Both Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman have been granted waivers from NASCAR, making both drivers eligible for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship playoffs.

Matt Kenseth to replace Larson at Chip Ganassi Racing

In a shock move, Chip Ganassi Racing has brought in veteran driver Matt Kenseth to complete the remainder of the 2020 season in the No. 42 machine.

Brickyard 400: Matt Kenseth takes hectic Stage 2 win

As a multitude of strategies play out at IMS, Matt Kenseth came away with the Stage 2 win in the Brickyard 400.

Matt Kenseth "not talking about next year," focused on 2018 results

Everyone is interested in Matt Kenseth’s NASCAR future but the veteran driver prefers to focus on the job at hand.

Matt Kenseth never had "grand illusions" about winning this year

Matt Kenseth says he never had "grand illusions" about winning races in the 2018 NASCAR Cup series and he is unsure if he can get top 10 finishes this year.

Analysis: Why Trevor Bayne deserves another look

When Roush Fenway Racing elected to bring back Matt Kenseth earlier this year to help evaluate the organization’s performance, it didn’t seem to bode well for Trevor Bayne.

Stenhouse sees improvement at Charlotte; Kenseth struggles

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Matt Kenseth came away from the Coca-Cola 600 with vastly different perspectives.

Kenseth: All-Star Race pole a "huge positive" for Roush

Matt Kenseth got a rude awakening in his first race back with Roush Fenway Racing last weekend but the tide has turned quickly at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kenseth earns pole for the All-Star Race; Roush locks out front row

Now this is a return to NASCAR competition much more to Matt Kenseth’s liking.

Matt Kenseth: “We obviously have some work to do"

It was probably not the NASCAR return Matt Kenseth was expecting.

Matt Kenseth: "I don't feel like I have anything to prove"

Matt Kenseth returns to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend with no expectations and nothing to prove.

Roush sets Matt Kenseth's schedule for remainder of 2018

Roush Fenway Racing has set Matt Kenseth’s schedule for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Roundtable: Would sale of NASCAR be good for the sport?

With speculation that NASCAR may go up for sale and the return of Matt Kenseth, there is plenty to discuss on this week's NASCAR Roundtable.

NASCAR Mailbag: Kenseth's return and what the future holds

On this week's edition of the NASCAR Mailbag, we tackle Matt Kenseth's return to the Cup Series and Ford's decision to replace the Fusion with the Mustang in 2019.

Stenhouse, Bayne differ in response to Kenseth's Roush return

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne took vastly different approaches to the news veteran Matt Kenseth would be returning to Roush Fenway Racing this season.

Jack Roush delayed Matt Kenseth call after 'raw' first exit

Jack Roush delayed calling Matt Kenseth about a NASCAR Cup series comeback with Roush Fenway Racing because he was still “raw” about Kenseth’s first exit.

Kenseth wants to help Roush "return to prominence" in the Cup Series

Veteran driver Matt Kenseth returns to the team he won 2003 NASCAR Cup Series title with to drive part-time this season and help improve on-track performance for the Roush Fenway Racing.

Matt Kenseth to make NASCAR return with Roush Fenway Racing

Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday that 2003 NASCAR Cup champion Matt Kenseth is returning to the driver's seat.

Five most memorable NASCAR Cup Series finishes at Phoenix

Take a look at the five most memorable Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finishes at newly renamed ISM Raceway - formerly Phoenix International Raceway.

Five most memorable NASCAR Cup Series finishes at Las Vegas

Take a look back at some of the most thrilling and closest finishes in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Top Stories of 2017, #4: Dale Jr. leads big-name exodus from Cup

The seeds of change were planted last fall when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was forced to miss much of the second half of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series due to a concussion.

Top 10 NASCAR Cup drivers of 2017

The NASCAR team takes a look at the ten best drivers from the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Matt Kenseth's NASCAR Cup career in pictures

Matt Kenseth is making his 650th and presumably final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Matt Kenseth celebrates bittersweet Phoenix win

The reception line for Matt Kenseth stretched beyond the confines of Victory Lane, after the lame-duck driver if the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota won his 39th-career Cup race on Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.

Kenseth takes emotional Phoenix win after dramatic battle

If this is the end for Matt Kenseth’s NASCAR career, he finished on a high note at Phoenix Raceway with his 39th-career Cup win on Sunday.

Roundtable: Predicting the final four for Cup, Xfinity and Trucks

Our team of experts debate some of the biggest topics in NASCAR this week.

Matt Kenseth plans to step away from NASCAR in 2018

Matt Kenseth made official Saturday what’s been unofficially known for months – he has no ride in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for next season.

Kenseth's Texas livery showcases U.S. Winter Olympics team

It may feel more like summer this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, but Matt Kenseth’s paint scheme will have much more of a winter feel.

Matt Kenseth disqualified after crash, ending championship hopes

Matt Kenseth’s title hopes went up in smoke on Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

Roundtable: Will the NASCAR Cup Series ever go international?

Our team of experts debate some of the biggest topics in NASCAR this week.

NASCAR playoffs face potential shakeup with Talladega 'wild card'

The Monster Energy Cup Series standings could look dramatically different after this weekend with Talladega Speedway on the docket.

Matt Kenseth leads clean opening practice at Dover

Three-time Dover International Speedway winner Matt Kenseth was fastest in first practice at the Monster Mile.

Which playoff driver will prevail at Chicagoland?

The first race of the first round kicks off at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.

Opinion: Time for NASCAR to make the right call

No doubt, NASCAR had a tough night in the tower at Richmond Raceway on Saturday.

NASCAR explains ambulance incident, calls it a "mistake"

NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller met with reporters after the regular season finale at Richmond Raceway to explain how an ambulance ended up at pit entry while cars were entering pit road.

Bizarre ambulance incident knocks Kenseth out of Richmond race

Matt Kenseth’s NASCAR playoff chances were placed in jeopardy Saturday night by an errant ambulance.

Filling the final three playoff spots: You win and you're in

You won’t need a calculator for this year’s Monster Energy Cup Series clinch scenarios at Richmond Raceway.

Kenseth scores 20th career pole in JGR front row lockout at Richmond

With the playoffs on the line, Matt Kenseth captured the pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Friday.

Kenseth "pretty relaxed" despite precarious playoff position

Matt Kenseth’s less than scintillating run to the 2003 Cup championship was the catalyst for NASCAR’s modern-day playoff system.

Kenseth: "We have a little bit of momentum" to make NASCAR playoffs

Playoffs or no playoffs, Matt Kenseth feels good about his chances to win races before the end of the 2017 season.

Kenseth takes Stage 2 win at Bristol

Matt Kenseth picked up his third stage win of 2017 on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Five drivers who need a win and could get it at Bristol

Don’t expect Chase Elliott or the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team to roll the dice on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Roundtable - Which bubble driver could win at Bristol?

Our NASCAR team takes on some of the most pressing questions in NASCAR this week in the NASCAR Roundtable.

Truex on team orders: "That's not how we race"

With three races before the playoffs begin, Martin Truex Jr., is sitting comfortably atop the Monster Energy Cup standings.

Youth is being served in NASCAR - at a much lower price

As a driver and a team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. understands the economics of the NASCAR racing.

Kenseth confident in ability to make playoffs after another strong run

Matt Kenseth wheeled his way to a career-high second-place finish at Watkins Glen International on Sunday — and just his second top-five finish in 18-career starts at the 2.45-mile circuit.

Matt Kenseth leads opening Cup practice from Pocono

Matt Kenseth posted the fastest single-lap speed in first practice at Pocono Raceway.

Kenseth doesn't feel No. 88 will be an "opportunity I’m going to have"

Matt Kenseth said on Monday night he still doesn’t have a ride for 2018.

Two-tire call upends Matt Kenseth's chance at victory at NHMS

Just a week after announcing he would not be returning to Joe Gibbs Racing next season, Matt Kenseth found himself in excellent position to give the organization its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season.

Drivers to watch in Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at NHMS

If Happy Hour is any indication of what to expect in the Overton’s 301 on Sunday, Toyota Racing will dominate the action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Johnson weighs in on the best candidates for Hendrick Motorsports

Jimmie Johnson understands the next drivers to join Hendrick Motorsports will shape the future of NASCAR’s most successful operation for years to come.

Despite impending loss of Kenseth, Ratcliff has eyes forward

For the first time since 2013, Jason Ratcliff has to contemplate racing without Matt Kenseth.

Erik Jones confirmed to replace Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing

It’s official. Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Tuesday that Erik Jones will drive the No. 20 Toyota in 2018.

Matt Kenseth: "I do not have a job for next year"

The first domino of silly season dropped on Friday when Matt Kenseth announced he would not return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018.

Drivers to watch in NASCAR's first road course race of 2017

Kurt Busch, the 2011 Sonoma Raceway winner, predicts that Sunday’s first road course romp of the Monster Energy Cup season will be absolute chaos.