2015 marked Matt Kenseth’s third season behind the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing. Once again paired with crew chief Jason Ratcliff, the No. 20 team qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but was eliminated following the Contender Round of competition. In 2015, Kenseth earned a career-high four pole awards and captured five wins, 12 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes as he also set two track records for the greatest margin of victory (Pocono 2 & New Hampshire 2).
Kenseth’s victory in the 2012 Daytona 500 placed him into an exclusive group of only 11 drivers in the history of NASCAR who have won the famed race more than once. When Kenseth earned his first Daytona 500 in 2009, the Cambridge, Wisconsin native became one of only six drivers in the sport’s history to win a Cup Championship, the Sunoco Rookie Award and the Daytona 500; placing him in the elite company of Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, David Pearson and Richard Petty.
During his 18-year Sprint Cup Series career, Kenseth took the top honor in 2003 as the Sprint Cup Series Champion, boasts an International Race of Champions (IROC) title, and has qualified for the Chase in 11 of its 12 seasons. Kenseth has 36 Cup Series victories, 163 top-five finishes, 290 top-10 finishes and 17 pole awards. Kenseth began his racing career at the age of 16, winning his first feature event in only his third race. By the age of 19, Kenseth was racing against the likes of Dick Trickle, Ted Musgrave and Rich Bickle in the Wisconsin late model ranks. Kenseth got a fateful call in 1997 from a fellow Wisconsin racer, Robbie Reiser, who asked Kenseth to drive for his team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and from then on, Kenseth took the NASCAR world by storm.
Kenseth was named the 2000 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, and just three years later, earned the 2003 Cup title.Away from the track, Kenseth enjoys spending time with his family as well as several outdoor activities such as cruising around on his motorcycle, hitting the trails on his mountain bike, and downhill skiing. Like all red-blooded Wisconsinites, Kenseth is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoys following the NFL--annually participating in fantasy football and playing Madden NFL Football. In the off-season, Kenseth also tries to make time for snowmobiling and hunting back in Wisconsin. An ardent reader, Kenseth enjoys the works of authors Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Kenseth is married to his wife, Katie, and has four children, Ross, Kaylin, Grace, and Clara.
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