Crunching The Numbers: Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth – #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Dollar General Toyota

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Kenseth ‘celebrates’ a victory with his lovely family… and a lobster…

Standings: 15th
Points: 1,046
Bonus Points: 37

  • 20.56% of total possible bonus points

Starts: 34
Wins: 5
Poles: 5
DNFs: 4
Top 5s: 12
Top 10s: 20
Top 15s: 21


Best Finish: 1st – 5 times

  • Race 8: Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes – Bristol
  • Race 21: Windows 10 400 – Pocono
  • Race 23: Pure Michigan 400 – Michigan
  • Race 26: Federated Auto Parts 400 – Richmond
  • Race 28: Sylvania 300 – Loudon

Best Start: 1st – 5 times

  • Race 8: Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes – Bristol
  • Race 12: Coca-Cola 600 – Charlotte
  • Race 23: Pure Michigan 400 – Michigan
  • Race 29: AAA 400 – Dover
  • Race 30: Bank of America 400 – Charlotte

*When Kenseth won a pole, he won 40% of those races.

Average Finish: 13.32 (13th best)

Average Start: 11.53 (7th best)


Laps Run: 9,267 (35th most)

  • 88.89% of total possible season laps
  • Missed 2 races

Miles Driven: 12,656 (29th most)

  • 91.56% of total possible miles
  • Missed 2 races

Laps Led: 927 (4th most)

  • 8.89% of total possible season laps

Matt Kenseth’s Finishes

Kenseth 4Matt Kenseth had a very productive season in his 3rd year at Joe Gibbs Racing. He started the season off with a bang by winning the Spring Unlimited, but could not keep that momentum into the Daytona 500 and found himself at the bottom of the field with a 35th place finish. But one should never count out this veteran! By the 8th race, Bristol, Kenseth found victory lane for the first time this season, more or less guaranteeing him a spot in the Chase. Then came 3 more victories before the Chase began, assuring himself another Chase berth.

In the Challenger Round of the Chase, Kenseth had the best average finish of 4.33 with 1 victory, locking him into the Contender Round. The Contender Round did not get off to a great start with a 42nd place finish and a huge hole to crawl out of; basically, Kenseth needed to win. Then came Kansas where he had the dominant car, but was shoved out of victory and thus relying on his restrictor plate racing skills to get him a victory, otherwise his Championship hopes would be done; and so they were and Kenseth was eliminated from the Chase, having a Challenger Round average finish of 27.33 (the worst of the 12 remaining drivers). From first to worst they say. Out of the Chase, all Kenseth could do was play spoiler and win some races, but instead he found himself in a bit of trouble at Martinsville and had to sit out the following 2 races, but returned for the season finale at Homestead where he capped off his season with a 7th place finish. If it was not for his bad luck in the Challenger Round, the picture for the rest of the Chase would have been a different story. With 2015 now in the review mirror, the 20 team can now focus on 20216 and continuing their momentum and hope for more victories and build for another Chase campaign.Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota


Look for Kenseth to be strong at Super Speedways as well as the Short Tracks during 2016. He was incredibly strong at Super Speedways this season with 2 victories and anaverage finish of 8.33 (4th best) and his Short Track record is not one shy away from either. Kenseth racked up 2 victories, and while his average finish of 17.22 was only 18th best, his average start of 6.56 (with 2 poles) was 2nd best.


Matt Kenseth's Finishes Broken Down By Track Type

Matt Kenseth’s Finishes Broken Down By Track Type


Type Starts Avg. Finish Avg. Start Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 15s DNF
Intermediate 13 11.38 13.23 1 5 9 10 1
Restrictor Plate 4 27.25 16.75 0 0 0 0 0
Road Course 2 12.50 14.50 0 1 1 1 0
Short Track 9 17.22 6.56 2 3 5 5 3
Super Speedway 6 8.33 10.83 2 3 5 5 0


Let’s give it up to Matt Kenseth for another great season full of victories and front row starts. Here is too a more successful Chase campaign in 2016, and many more sarcastic comments on social media!

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