Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth


3/10/1972, Cambridge, Wisconsin

Birth Name

Matthew Roy Kenseth


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Matt Kenseth was born and raised in Wisconsin. He worked his way up to the Nascar Busch (now Nationwide) series. He was the runner up for the 1998 Busch title. He got a ride from Jack Roush. In 2002 he won five race in the Winston (now Sprint)more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Matt became only the fourth person in Nascar Sprint Cup history to win the Daytona 500 and then the very next race.

    • Matt won the Autoparts 500 Sprint Cup race at California Motorspeedway on Feb. 22nd, 2009.

    • Matt wins the prestigious Daytona 500 Sprint Cup race on Feb. 15th 2009. This gives Jack Roush, his owner, his first Daytona 500 victory.

    • Mark Martin insisted that Jack Roush hire Matt Kenseth because he saw a lot of talent in Matt.

    • Matt's Nextel (now Sprint) Cup car used to be owned by Mark Martin.

    • Matt's favorite music group is Metallica. So much so that he names one of his cats Lars after the band member Lars Ulrich.

    • Matt drove in his first Bush (now Nationwide) race on April 19, 1997 at Nashville Speedway where he finished 11th for car owner and future crew chief, Robbie Reiser.

    • Matt and Jimmy Johnson are the only two drivers that have finished in the top-ten in points for the past 6 Sprint Cup seasons (2003 to 2008).

    • Matt has a racing museum in his hometown of Cambridge, Wis., which features cars, trophies, firesuits, helmets, and other memorabilia from his amateur and professional career.

    • Matt finished 3rd in the 1999 Bush (now Nationwide) Series season with 2 poles, 4 wins, 14 top-fives, and 20 top-tens. He also had $859,660 in winnings for that year.

    • Matt finished 2nd in his first full Bush (now Nationwide) Series season in 1998 with 3 wins, 17 top-fives, and 23 top tens. He also had $798,215 in winnings for that year.

    • Matt currently resides in Morresville, NC.

    • Matt finished 7th in the Nextel (now Sprint) Cup standings for the 2005 season with 2 poles, 1win, 12 top-fives, and 17 top-tens. He had $5,790,770 in winnings for the year.

    • Matt finished 2nd in the Sprint Cup standings in 2006 with 4 wins, 15 top-fives, and 21 top-tens. He also had $6,608,920 in winnings.

    • Matt is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

    • Matt finished 4th in the Sprint Cup standings in 2007 with 2 wins, 13 top-fives, and 22 top-tens. He also had $6,485,630 in winnings.

    • Matt finished 6th in his first Winston (now Sprint) Cup race in 1998 when he drove Bill Elliott's #94 Ford so Bill could attend his father's funeral.

    • Matt's car is owned by John Henry.

    • Matt finished 11th in the Sprint Cup standings for the 2008 season with 9 top-fives and 20 top-tens. His winnings for the year were $5,526,940.

    • Matt's new crew chief for the 2009 Sprint Cup season will be Drew Blickensderfer.

    • Kenseth started racing at age 16.

    • Matt Kenseth won the 2004 NEXTEL All Star Challenge on May 22nd at Lowes Motorspeedway.

    • Matt won the 2007 Sprint Cup Auto Club 500 at the California Speedway on Feb. 25th.

    • In the 2000 Winston (now Sprint) Cup season Matt scored 1 win, 4 top-fives, and 11 top-tens and finished 14th in the point standings.

    • In 2004 Matt won the IROC (International Race of Champions) championship by winning the final 2 races out of the 4 that were run.

    • Matt won the Goodyear Gatorback Award for 2006.

    • In 2000 Matt won the Winston (Now Sprint) Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors beating the very popular Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the title.

    • At 19 he is the youngest driver ever to win the ARTGO Challenge Series breaking the record set by former team mate and legendary driver, Mark Martin.

    • In the late 1980s through 1990s he was known as "Matt the Bratt".

    • He won the Winston (now Sprint) Cup championship in 2003 with 1 win, 11 top-fives, and 25 top-tens.

    • In 2000 he was hired by Jack Roush for the Winston (now Sprint) Cup series.

    • When Matt was 13 his father, Roy, made a deal to him saying that he would buy a race car for him if Matt would work on it.

    • In 2002 Matt finished 8th in the Winston (now Sprint) Cup standings with 1 pole, 5 wins, 11 top-fives, and 19 top tens. His winnings were $3,888,850 for that year.

    • In 2001 Matt finished 13th in the Winston (now Sprint) Cup standings with 4 top-fives and 9 top-tens. His winnings were $2,265,840 for that season.

    • In 1999 Matt only raced in 5 races and finished 49th in the Winston (now Sprint) Cup season with 1 top-five and 1 top-ten. His winnings were $143,561 for that season.

    • In 1998 Matt only raced in one race and finished 57th in the Winston (now Sprint) Cup standings with a top-ten for that race. His total winnings were $42,340 for that year.

    • His is 5-9 and weights 152 lbs.

    • His main sponsor is DeWalt Power Tools.

    • His hobbies include riding motorcycles, golfing, and boating.

    • His driving career began when his dad bought a racecar to drive and had him maintain it with a few friends who helped on the crew.

    • The crew chief for his team was Robbie Reiser who has now moved up in the Roush-Fenway organization.

    • He is number 17 and drives a Ford.

    • He drives for Roush Racing, in the Dewalt Ford.

  • Quotes

    • Matt: (Talking about his first experience with racecars) My dad made me a deal when I was 13. He would buy a racecar and drive it if I would work on it and keep it up. Then, when I turned 16, I could drive the car. It was hard work but it was also a great experience and really prepared me to do more than just steer the car.

  • One of the best drivers in NASCAR.

    Matt Kenseth got his chance to race in the Sprint Cup (back then, the Winston Cup) thanks to Mark Martin. Mark saw the potential in Matt and got Jack Roush to bring him on board. Matt has proven Mark right on his pick over the years and now has a championship to prove it. Matt is usually very cool under pressure and doesn't let very many things get to him. He is one of the more respected drivers on the circuit today. Matt's team was owned by Mark at one time before Mark left Roush to drive for someone else. Matt is one of the drivers that I root for every race. Go Matt!!!!!moreless