Matt Kenseth

Dover Dominance: Johnson wins, tightens NASCAR Chase battle

“I think Jimmie is probably the most underrated champion we have in this industry. He is by far the most powerful driver over the course of the last 25, 35 years in this sport.”

Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus is not known for his use of hyperbole. Knaus is thoughtful, measured and well-spoken when interacting with the media. And the man’s a genius at his trade: making cars go fast.

So when the champion crew chief heaps that sort of praise on a driver — even if it’s his own — people have a tendency to stop, look and listen.

Kenseth rolls in Loudon, scores second NASCAR Chase win

It should come as no surprise that a driver who has spent a career  flying under the radar in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at his best while the sport churns in a chaotic whirlwind of controversy.

Welcome to winning, Matt Kenseth-style.

As fallout from a Richmond rumpus continues to rain down on the sport, Kenseth just keeps on winning — while staying well above the fray.

Kenseth wins Chase opener after week of NASCAR controversy


After the controversial week NASCAR endured, a return to normalcy was welcome. And what better represents normalcy this season than a Matt Kenseth win?

Kenseth tallied his series-leading sixth triumph of the season on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, where the sport kicked off its Chase for the Sprint Cup, 10-race playoff in the GEICO 400.

Kahne takes a pass; Kenseth wins NASCAR night race at Bristol

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol.
Post-race reaction from Matt Kenseth's win in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kasey Kahne, by his own admission, is NASCAR’s version of “Mr. Clean.” What else can you say after Bristol’s big fireworks show that never exploded? He had several prized opportunities Saturday to turn Matt Kenseth’s Dollar General Toyota and skate by for the win and a season sweep at the half-mile track. No one would have blamed him, either. All season, the No. 5 car has been swung into SAFER Barriers like clockwork by Kenseth and his teammates; they’ve made the old Allstate cougar accidents seem minor by comparison.

"Payback" the order of the night in NASCAR's visit to Bristol?

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Bristol Motor Speedway
Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hits Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race.

1. Bristol’s middle name may well be “payback”  Ryan Newman
You’ll probably make it through at least the first 10 seconds of the ABC race broadcast Saturday night without seeing a replay of an irritated driver throwing something or two cars bellowing sparks in the Bristol night as they crash. Just don’t expect to avoid it for much longer.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 7 Amazing Stats for Bristol

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the Bristol Night Race
David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some revealing NASCAR stats for the Bristol Night Race.

The marketing department at Bristol Motor Speedway hails the half-mile bowl of head-numbing noise as “The Last Great Coliseum.” The structure of the track certainly invokes the spirit of ancient gladiatorial fights, but the best comparison to its combatants might be one that came 18 centuries later.

Joey Logano claws way back into NASCAR Chase contention with Michigan win

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Pure Michigan 400
Post-race reaction from Joey Logano's win in NASCAR's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Sheryl Crow once sang “A Change Will Do You Good.” She’s a perfect example of how it doesn’t always work out that way (see: dating Lance Armstrong). But sometimes, the sporting universe aligns itself exactly right, rotating beautifully where it works for all parties involved.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Daytona International Speedway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the Coke Zero 400
Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth lead the contenders for your NASCAR Fantasy squad at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its NASCAR driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List.

Greg Biffle, Ford snag Father's Day NASCAR win in Michigan

Biffle earns Ford's 1,000th NASCAR victory; Hendrick Motorsports falters late
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<p> Greg Biffle wins the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.</p>

At no point in the last decade has winning a Sprint Cup Series race at the Michigan International Speedway been of more importance in the NASCAR ranks. A renewed emphasis on “manufacturer” over “car number” or “driver” — largely at the behest of Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, the Cup Series’ three auto makes — has placed a premium on home field bragging rights near America’s automotive capital.