Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth is set to make his 500th career Cup Series start this Sunday, September 22nd, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kenseth made his first start in the Winston Cup Series on September 20th, 1998 at Dover International Speedway, substituting for Bill Elliott, who was attending his father’s funeral; Kenseth finished sixth in his debut.
Kenseth’s career, spanning 14 full-time seasons between Roush Fenway Racing and JGR, is full of achievements in the top level of NASCAR: the 2000 Cup Series Rookie of the Year award, the 2003 Winston Cup Series championship, two Daytona 500 wins (2009 and 2012), wins in the 2000 Coca Cola 600 and 2013 Southern 500, and nine appearances in the Chase for the Cup. He also won the International Race of Champions (IROC) in 2004.
“All this really means is that I’m old,” joked Kenseth on the JGR website. “I’m proud having 500 starts. I remember making my first one and I wasn’t sure if I was going to even be able to make a second one. It’s a very tough business, so I feel very fortunate to have been with such great people, and to have driven such great cars and had fantastic sponsors throughout my career to be able to still be in this sport and competitive after this many seasons.”
Kenseth and his JGR teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin will take to the 1.058-mile track on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET for the Sylvania 300. Keep up with the action this weekend at www.nascar.com and joegibbsracing.com.
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