56 Days 'Til Daytona - Today's Featured Driver: Matt Kenseth

In case you missed it, StatChat is counting down the days ‘til the 2021 Daytona 500.  Every two days, we will have a new article featuring one of the Top 30 Drivers of 2020. 

 

28th Place – Matt Kenseth – 521 pts

 

By the Numbers:

 

20 seasons – 2020 was Matt Kenseth’s 20th (nearly) full-time season as a Cup Series driver.  It seems time has not been friendly to Matt, as this was also his worst season by average finish.

 

697 races – Kenseth will finish just 3 races shy of 700 for his career, as he has decided 2020 will be his last year of full-time racing.  Only 17 drivers in NASCAR history have achieved over 700 starts.

 

6.81 Average Finish – Matt Kenseth’s average finish of 21.38 in 2020 was 6.81 points worse than his career average.  Since he has so many starts, his year only caused his average to increase by 0.32 points.

 

16th Race – 2020’s 16th race of the year was the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis.  This was also the site of Matt Kenseth’s best finish of 2020, where he placed 2nd.  It also served as his lone Top-5 of the year.

 

-226 Pass Differential – In 2020, Kenseth was passed 226 more times than he passed anyone else under green.  This put him only behind Quin Houff and Bubba Wallace for worst pass differentials of the year.

 

Matt Kenseth has retired from full-time racing and will not return next year to the Chip Ganassi No. 42 Chevrolet.  He is to be replaced by Ross Chastain. 

 

Coming up in two days – John Hunter Nemechek