Since making his debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 1998, Matt Kenseth has been full throttle ever since, including a series championship in 2003. From making us laugh to intense battles on track, Kenseth has certainly made a lot of memories through the years.
With no plans set for the 2018 season, Kenseth announced a couple weeks ago that the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway would be his final career event.
Here’s a glance back through his career over the past 19 years.
Kenseth made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in 1998 at Dover International Speedway with an impressive sixth-place finish.
In the midst of his rookie campaign in 2000, Kenseth led 32 laps en route to scoring his first career victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kenseth scored his first career pole award in 2002 at Dover International Speedway.
Despite only winning a single race in 2003, Kenseth won the championship on the heels of 25 top-10’s. He is largely disputed as the driver who brought forth the chase and playoff formats so champions would no longer be crowned weeks before the finale.
Leading just nine laps, Kenseth scored his first of two Daytona 500 victories in 2009 in a rain shortened affair.
Kenseth is one of a few drivers that can say they won the Great American Race twice, as he was victorious in 2012.
After driving for Jack Roush for 12 straight full seasons in the Cup Series, Kenseth left the organization at season’s end to join Joe Gibbs Racing for 2013.
Kenseth may have only won a single championship over the years, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t close to repeating the feat. He scored a pair of runner-ups in the standings since then, including 2013 after winning seven races that season.
Although known for being respectful on-track, Kenseth had a couple disputes with drivers through the years, including the tackle on Brad Keselowski at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the memorable payback for Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway.
Kenseth got the opportunity to go out a winner, scoring his 39th career Cup Series victory at Phoenix Raceway in the second last event of 2017.
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