Gordon wins NASCAR Auto Club 500

FONTANA, Calif., May 2 (UPI) -- Jeff Gordon ignored track temperatures approaching 140 degrees Sunday as drove away from the field to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup Auto Club 500.

Biffle wins Busch Stater Brothers 300

FONTANA, Calif., May 1 (UPI) -- Greg Biffle's win in Saturday's NASCAR Busch series Stater Brothers 300 was a fuel economy run.

Spike TV ranks 52 best stock-car drivers

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Spike TV will rank the 52 greatest U.S. stock-car drivers of all-time during five one-hour episodes premiering Sunday.

Sadler holds off Kahne to win NASCAR 500

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 4 (UPI) -- Elliott Sadler held off a charging Kasey Kahne on Sunday and won the NASCAR Nextel Cup Samsung/RadioShack 500 by a nose at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kenseth wins Busch series O'Reilly's 300

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 3 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth passed Bobby Hamilton, Jr. with five laps remaining before pulling away to win Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly's 300.

NASCAR fines Jamie McMurray

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 30 (UPI) -- NASCAR fined driver Jamie McMurray $10,000 Tuesday and placed him on probation for a bumping incident in the Food City 500 in Bristol, Tenn.

Rookie wins NASCAR pole

DARLINGTON, S.C., March 19 (UPI) -- Kasey Kahne continued his solid rookie season Friday, grabbing the pole just ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for Sunday's NASCAR Carolina Dodge Dealers 400.

Kenseth wins NASCAR 400 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, March 7 (UPI) -- Matt Kenseth passed Kevin Harvick with 37 laps left Sunday and won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his second straight triumph.

Harvick wins Busch series Sam's Town 300

LAS VEGAS, March 6 (UPI) -- Kevin Harvick edged Kasey Kahne Saturday to win the NASCAR Busch series Sam's Town 300.

Kenseth wins NASCAR race at Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Defending series champion Matt Kenseth edged rookie Kasey Kahne by one hundredth of a second to win Sunday's NASCAR Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway.

NASCAR plans change in scoring system

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- NASCAR's top series will have more than just a new name this season. It will have a playoff-style format to determine its champion.

Bush meets with NASCAR drivers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- President Bush welcomed NASCAR drivers, including 2003 NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth, to the White House Tuesday.

Labonte wins NASCAR finale at Ford 400

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Bobby Labonte was handed a victory in Sunday's NASCAR season finale when Bill Elliott's tire gave out on the final lap of the Ford 400.

Bill Elliott wins NASCAR race

ROCKINGHAM, N.C., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Bill Elliott, 48, dominated Sunday's NASCAR 400 race in his Dodge Intrepid while Matt Kenseth, 31, won the Winston Cup title with a third-place finish.

Newman wins 11th pole of the season

ROCKINGHAM, N.C., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Ryan Newman extended his series-leading season pole total to 11 Friday when he was the fastest qualifier for NASCAR's Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400.
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Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth (17) and Ricky Rudd (21) spins just in front of eventual race winner Kevin Harvick (29) to bring out a caution during the Food City 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN on April 3, 2005. (UPI Photo/David Allio)

Matthew Roy "Matt" Kenseth (born March 10, 1972) is an American stock car driver. Matt currently drives the No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing. He is a Daytona 500 champion, having won a rain-shortened race in 2009, the first Daytona 500 win for the Roush Fenway Racing team. Kenseth followed that up with a win at California Speedway moving his win list up to 18 in Sprint Cup.

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 (now Nationwide Series), he moved up in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (later NEXTEL Cup Series and 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.

Kenseth was born in Cambridge, Wisconsin. He made an agreement with his father, Roy, that Roy should buy a car and race, and Matt would work on the car until he was old enough to race. Matt began stock car racing in 1988 at the age of 16 at Madison International Speedway. "My dad bought a car when I was 13 and raced it at Madison," Kenseth said. "Neither of us knew much and it was a learning experience. He continued to race in 1988 and 1989. My first car – what might be considered a sportsman – was a 1981 Camaro that Todd Kropf had driven to championships at Madison and Columbus 151 Speedway. On the third night out I won a feature. I ran 15 features in 1983 and won two of them." "The first night out in the Kropf car Matt won a heat race," said Kenseth's father Roy. "The third night he won the feature by holding off two of the best drivers at the track, Pete Moore and Dave Phillips, for 20 laps. Matt was smooth. I knew then he was going to be a racer." He ran for the points title on Saturday nights at Wisconsin Dells) in 1989. He finished second in points and won eight features. On Friday nights, he ran about half of the races at Golden Sands Speedway and half at Columbus 151 Speedway. In 1990, he bought a late model from Rich Bickle. In the season-opening race at Slinger Super Speedway, Kenseth inherited the lead and won his only race of the season when track champion Tony Strupp had a flat tire. He finished sixth in season points and won the track's rookie of the year award. Kenseth entered fifteen ARTGO events that season and raced in 40 features that year. After graduating from Cambridge High School that summer, Kenseth worked for four years selling and shipping parts for Left-hander Chassis, a late model racecar chassis manufacturer just south of Wisconsin in Illinois. In 1991 he won the ARTGO race at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway to become the youngest winner in the series' history. He passed Joe Shear and Steve Holzhausen, and held off Steve and Tom Carlson for the win. 1992 was a difficult year for Kenseth. He won three races and blew up more engines than he could count. He was ready to quit racing after the season. "I felt we were at a standstill", he said. "I wasn't gaining. My dad and I had some major discussions at the end of the year. We had to find the dollars for a good program or I told him I would rather not race." Kipley Performance loaned a motor to Kenseth for the season-final race at La Crosse and the team ran better. Kenseth built a new car for 1993 using a Kipley engine. He used the car at Madison to win eight features and finished second in the points. Mike Butz offered Kenseth the chance to race his late model, and it took some time for the combination to stop struggling before they started winning features. At the end of the season, they won the final short track series race at Madison, La Crosse, and I-70 Speedway.

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