Matt 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.
Over the course of his 20-year Cup Series career, Kenseth racked up 39 victories at 19 different tracks and took the top honor in 2003 as the last Winston Cup Series Champion. Kenseth also boasts an International Race of Champions (IROC) title in 2004, and qualified for the Playoffs in 13 of 14 seasons. Kenseth’s 39 Cup Series victories ranked 19th all-time entering 2018. He also recorded 20 pole positions, 181 top-five finishes and 327 top-10 finishes in 650 starts or more than 50 percent of his total Cup starts.
Kenseth has also collected 29 wins in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series with his last victory coming in the series’ at the season-finale event at Homestead in 2014. Kenseth has earned 139 top-five finishes, 202 top-ten finishes, and 17 poles in his 288 starts in the series.