Matt Kenseth is certainly no stranger to success. His 2014 season brought home 13 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes. Through finishing seventh in the championship point standings, Kenseth marked the 11th season he has finished inside the top-10. By taking the final Nationwide series race at Homestead-Miami, Matt gained his 60th NASCAR national touring series victory. Kenseth and his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team showcased their strength on the racetrack with a series-best seven victories in 2013, finishing second in the 2013 standings. His victory in the 2012 Daytona 500 placed him into an exclusive group of only 10 drivers in the history of NASCAR who have won the famed race more than once. When Kenseth earned his first Daytona 500 win in 2009, the Cambridge, Wisconsin native became one of only five drivers in the sport’s history to win a Cup Championship, the Raybestos Rookie Award and the Daytona 500; placing him in the elite company of Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, David Pearson and Richard Petty.
Kenseth has been competing on the Sprint Cup Series circuit for 16 years, and during that time the veteran driver’s achievements have included scoring top honors in 2003 as the Spring Cup Series Champion, winning an International Race of Champions (IROC) title and qualifying for the Chase for the Cup in nine of its 10 seasons. Kenseth boasts 31 Cup Series victories, 138 top-five finishes, 248 top-10 finishes and 11 poles.
Kenseth began his racing career at age 16, winning his first feature event in only his third race. By age 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 him to drive for his team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and from then on, he has taken the NASCAR world by storm. Kenseth was named Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2000, and just three years later, earned the 2003 Cup title.
Away from the track, Kenseth enjoys spending time with his family, as well as cruising around on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Like all red-blooded Wisconsinites, Kenseth is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoys following the NFL. In the off-season, he enjoys 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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