Birthday: March 10, 1972
Hometown: Cambridge, WI
Residence: Mooresville, NC
Cup Wins: 27
Nationwide Wins: 26
Cup Top 5′s: 129
Cup Poles: 10
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How Matt’s Fans Describe Him
Matt Kenseth’s victory in the 2012 Daytona 500 placed the driver into an elite group of only nine drivers in the history of NASCAR who have won the famed race more than once. Not only did Kenseth earn his first Daytona 500 in 2009, but when he earned that title, 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.
In addition, during his 15-year Sprint Cup career, Kenseth boasts an International Race of Champions (IROC) title in 2004 and he has qualified for the Chase for the Cup in eight of its nine seasons. Kenseth has visited victory lane in the Cup Series on 24 occasions, scored 126 top-five finishes, 228 top 10s and eight poles. Kenseth took home the top honors in 2003 as the Sprint Cup Champion.
Kenseth has also collected 26 wins in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, along with 16 poles in his 248 races in the series.
Born and raised in Cambridge, 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 Nationwide Series, and from then on, Kenseth took the NASCAR world by storm. Kenseth was named the 2000 Raybestos 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 cruising around on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and enjoys snowmobiling back in Wisconsin during the off-season. Kenseth is married to his wife, Katie, and has three children, Ross, Kaylin, and Grace.