Matt Kenseth Articles

Matt Kenseth
It seemed a formality that once Martin Truex Jr. had fended off a vicious challenge from Jimmie Johnson that Michael Waltrip Racing would score its first Sprint Cup Series win since 2010. Truex had led 173 laps and seemed on virtual cruise...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
This is what retirement is supposed to be like. “This is so much fun,’’ Mark Martin said after his third-place finish last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Well, the 53-year-old Martin never said he was retiring, just that he wouldn’t race a...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro The NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings have always been more consistency-based than win-centric. This season alone, two-time race winner Tony Stewart found himself third in the standings behind winless drivers Greg Biffle and...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shrugs off the much-needed weekend off and heads to Texas Motor Speedway for this Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500. Anytime the series makes its way to the high-speed, mile-and-a-half track in Fort Worth, the...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Dustin Long What some fans say is wrong with NASCAR is what Brad Keselowski says was right for him. Keselowski credits running against Cup drivers in what was then called the Busch Series for his current success and helping him win on a...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro There’s something about the half-mile Bristol bullring in East Tennessee that lends itself to certain drivers. NASCAR Hall of Famers Cale Yarborough (nine wins), Darrell Waltrip (12) and Dale Earnhardt (nine) each went on...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Jay Pennell It's Bristol, baby! This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the hills of East Tennessee for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR’s modern day Colosseum has been home to some of the most dramatic...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Jay Pennell Few could have predicted the 2012 season would open with such historic and unforeseen events taking place at Daytona. Rain delays, prime-time racing on a Monday, jet dryer explosions … I‘m surprised the Mayan calendar didn’t...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Dustin Long For a moment, well, actually about two hours on Monday night, it appeared as if the Daytona 500 would conclude one of the greatest weekends in racing upsets. As crews doused a jet fuel fire and then washed Turn 3 with Tide,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro The 1979 Daytona 500 is considered by many to be the most noteworthy in the event’s 54-year history. A snowstorm blanketed much of the East Coast, providing a captivated audience; a last-lap battle for the win, ending in a...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro The forecast isn’t great for today’s Daytona 500, with rain expected in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area, but hopefully at 1:29 pm EST the green flag will fly over NASCAR’s Great American Race as scheduled — and the race will be...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Dustin Long For whatever reason, Daytona International Speedway enjoys playing with some of NASCAR’s most successful drivers, making them endure years of anguish before winning the 500. Darrell Waltrip waited 17 years, Dale Earnhardt 20....
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro As is usually the case, there was one wild and crazy Gatorade Duel race at Daytona International Speedway, and one much more staid. Such was the case on Thursday, when the field was set for the 54th annual Daytona 500. Tony...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Jay Pennell Sunday’s running of the 54th annual Daytona 500 begins the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and it also marks the beginning of the 2012 NASCAR fantasy racing season. Fans across the land will be preparing their teams week-in and...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro Tony Stewart is putting together a run in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship as impressive as any seen in its seven-year history. Stewart’s win in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was his fourth in eight Chase races...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: AAA Texas 500 Track: Texas Motor Speedway Location: Fort Worth, Texas When: Sunday, Nov. 6 TV: ESPN (3:00 p.m. EST) Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Quad-Oval: 18°; Banking/...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro Prior to NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, Tony Stewart stated that his inclusion in the playoffs may simply be wasting a spot in lieu of another, more worthy contender. Three victories later, the two-time Cup champion...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards No one driver wins the Chase at Talladega, but many lose it. Edwards did neither, which is a good thing for him. Expect top-10 runs from here on out. 2. Matt Kenseth Edwards’ teammate and the 2003 champ,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro For those who have followed Jimmie Johnson’s five-year reign in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, his performance in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup is none-too-alarming. A deceptive 10th-place run to start the playoffs,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson entered Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway ranked ninth and 10th in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup — in 28- and 29-point holes. Many were already throwing dirt on Johnson’s bid...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: AAA 400 Location: Dover, Del. TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) May Winner: Ryan Newman Specs: 1-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Straightaways: 9° Race Length: 400 miles/400 laps Track Qualifying...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth
by Matt Taliaferro There are 16 races left in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and already it is being remembered as the “Year of the Upset.” And Paul Menard solidified that designation in the Brickyard 400 at the iconic Indianapolis Motor...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago

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