Matt Kenseth at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2007 (Wiki Commons - Kim Phillips)
Matthew Roy Kenseth, (widely known as Matt) was born the 10th of March 1972 in Cambridge, Wisconsin. His father, Roy, bought a car to race in 1985 when Matt was just 13 years old. They agreed that Matt would work on the car and Roy would race it a Madison International Speedway until Matt was old enough to race himself. Neither had much experience or knowledge and it was a sharp but pleasant learning curve.
Matt started to race stock cars on several short tracks in Wisconsin in 1988 when he was 16 years old. His first car was a 1981 Camaro, previously driven by Todd Kropf at Columbus 151 and Madison Speedway championships. The first night out he won a heat race and his father said "on the third night he won the feature by holding off two of the best drivers at the rack, Pete Moore and Dave Phillips, for 20 laps. Matt was smooth, I knew he was going to be a racer." On Saturday nights in 1989 Matt ran for the points title at Wisconsin Dells, finishing in second place in points and won eight features while on Friday nights he ran races at Golden Sands Speedway and Columbus 151 Speedway.Twelve years on Matt has impressive NASCAR career statistics with 18 wins, 99 top 5 and 181 top 10 positions from a total of 377 races.
Today Matt is currently driving #17 Crown Royal Black Ford, driving for the Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Spring Cup Series. Todd Parrott is the crew chief after replacing Drew Blickenderfer who was released from his duties in February 2010.
Matt married his wife, Katie Martin who is also from his hometown of Cambridge, in 2000 and now has a daughter named Kaylin Nicola who was born on the 6th July 2006. Matt also has a son from a previous relationship who is called Ross. Ross appears to have inherited his fathers love of racing and when he was 14 years old he was taking part in limited late model racing in Wisconsin for a year before, at 16 years old, he won the 2009 championship for the Big 8 Series which is a late model touring series in Wisconsin and Illinois and he qualified as the second fastest in December 2009 for the Snowball Derby. The family have four cats that have been featured in the pet calendars sold by NASCAR to help to raise money and awareness for the Humane Society and other various animal charities. Matt has also been involved with the American Library Association, promoting literacy through posters of himself and others in the READ campaign.
Kelley Maruszewski, Matt’s sister, runs his official Fan Club and also manages his racing museum and retail store stocked with#17 gear in Cambridge, Wisconsin. The museum contains cars, fire suits, helmets, trophies and other memorabilia from both his professional and amateur career.
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