Over the past 16 years few drivers have enjoyed the success in NASCAR than that of Cambridge, Wisconsin’s Matt Kenseth, whose accolades have elevated him to the top of the sport over the last decade. Kenseth’s resume is highlighted by the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and wins in some of NASCAR’s highest profile events, including two Daytona 500s, the Coca-Cola 600, the Southern 500, and three Bristol night races. His surname is synonymous with consistency in the NASCAR garage, rightfully earned by making NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup in 11 of 12 seasons. Kenseth’s 2013 season, his first with Joe Gibbs Racing, was one of the best of his career as he recorded a series-best seven race victories en route to a second-place finish in the championship standings.
- 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion
- 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Runner-Up with 7 wins
- 11-time Chase for the Sprint Cup qualifier
- 36 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories
- 17 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles
- 29 career NASCAR Nationwide Series victories
- Two-time Daytona 500 winner
- 2004 IROC Champion
- 2000 Sprint Cup Reybestos Rookie of the Year
- 6th place finish in Cup Series debut at Dover in 1998
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Hailing from Cambridge, Wis., Matt Kenseth enjoys spending time with his four children, Ross (22), Kaylin (6), Grace (5), and Clara (2)…an avid outdoorsman, Kenseth enjoys cycling, hunting, working on his land, riding snowmobiles and motorcycles…his love of football is on display each fall as Kenseth plays in two fantasy football leagues and fanatically follows his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers.
You always see him, where is he? He’s up front all the time. He handles himself in exactly the right way. He takes what he does very, very seriously. He’s extremely well-prepared. And he’s one of those guys that puts a lot in his career.” — Coach Joe Gibbs, three-time Super Bowl champion and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing.
USA Today (4/30/2016) – Figuring out plate racing? Not my job
NPR Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me! (4/16/2016) – Not My Job Segment: NASCAR’s Matt Kenseth
ESPN (4/9/2016) – Kenseth honors Steve Byrnes family
Sports Illustrated (4/8/2016) – Kenseth trying to right the ship
NASCAR.com (3/31/2016) – Kenseth takes on 130-mile bike ride
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (12/8/2015) – Kenseth reflects on 2015 season