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Racecar driver, Matt Kenseth, was born on March 10, 1972 in Cambridge, Wisconsin. Matt Kenseth is an American stock car driver. He currently drives the #17 DeWalt Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing.
Matt Kenseth started racing on several short tracks in Wisconsin and he won track championships at Madison International Speedway, Slinger Super Speedway and Wisconsin International Raceway. He moved to the ARTGO, American Speed Association, and Hooters Late Model touring series before getting a full-time ride in the NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) for his former Wisconsin short track rival Robbie Reiser. After finishing second and third in the Busch Series, he moved up in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup Series). He won the series' Rookie of the Year title in 2000 and the season championship in 2003. The International Race of Champions invited Kenseth to race in their 2004 season as the reigning champion and he won the season championship.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics
Car #, Team 17 Roush Fenway Racing
2007 Sprint Cup Position 4th
Best Cup Position 1st - 2003 (Winston Cup)
First Race 1998 MBNA Gold 400 (Dover)
First Win 2000 Coca-Cola 600 (Lowe's)
Last Win 2007 Ford 400 (Homestead)
Wins Top Tens Poles
16 159 4
NASCAR Nationwide Series Statistics
Car #, Team 17 - Roush Fenway Racing
2007 NNS Position 10th
Best NNS Position 2nd - 1998
First Race 1996 Red Dog 300 (Charlotte)
First Win 1998 GM Goodwrench Service Plus 200 (Rockingham)
Last Win 2008 Nicorette 300 (Atlanta)
Wins Top Tens Poles
23 152 14
Matt Kenseth's primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series is DeWALT Power tools. He is also sponsored by Carhartt, USG Sheetrock, R&L Carriers and Dish Network. Dish Network will be the primary sponsor at Bristol in March. USG usually sponsors between 4 to 6 races. Carhartt usually sponsors 3 to 4 races. R+L Carriers are usually on for 3 to 4 races as well. Kenseth's primary 2008 Nationwide Series sponsor is Citi and Arby's. He will run three races behind the wheel of the #17 Citi Ford, and one race (Camping World 300 at Daytona in February) with Ritz Crackers on the car. There is a possibility that Kenseth will run a few more races behind the wheel, but not nearly as many as 2007.