CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2010) — As NASCAR’s top series sets the stage
for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, driver
Matt Kenseth will earn a career milestone amidst the crowning of this
year’s champion.  Kenseth will make his 400th career start in NASCAR’s
Sprint Cup Series Sunday in the Ford 400, and after making his first
debut in the series 13 years ago, he will look to earn his first win of
the 2010 season in his milestone start.

Kenseth’s career has been full of many achievements over the years,
including his 2003 Cup Championship title where he and his No. 17 team
earned a series-best 25 top-10 finishes, 11 top-five finishes and one
win that season.

A native of Cambridge, Wis., Kenseth began his racing career at the age
of 16 and won his first feature event in only his third race.  By the
age of 19, Kenseth was racing against the likes of Dick Trickle, Ted
Musgrave and Rich Bickle in Wisconsin, and learning the skills that
would eventually lead him to NASCAR.

In 1997, Kenseth got the fateful call from fellow Wisconsin racer,
Robbie Reiser, who asked Kenseth to drive for his team in NASCAR’s
Nationwide Series.  Continuing his successful development in the
Nationwide Series, Kenseth made his first Cup series debut on September
20, 1998 substitute driving for Bill Elliott in the McDonald’s Ford at
Dover International Speedway.  The young Kenseth drove to an impressive
sixth-place finish in his first run with NASCAR’s elite. 

Kenseth was given the opportunity to make five more Cup series starts in
1999 while also continuing his racing in the Nationwide Series full time
that season as well.  In 2000, Kenseth and his No. 17 team went
full-time Cup series racing and Kenseth earned his first Cup victory at
the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway that year.  Kenseth went
on to finish his rookie season with four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes
along with that win, and was named the 2000 Raybestos Rookie of the

Kenseth and his No. 17 team continued to grow and develop while earning
several accolades over the next few seasons, but in 2003, everything
clicked for Kenseth and his team as he was crowned the final Winston-era
Cup Champion with a record-setting performance.  Kenseth’s consistency
kept the rest of the field at bay with a series-best 25 top-10 finishes,
11 top-five finishes, and one win.  Kenseth also led the championship
point standings that season for a record-breaking 34 straight weeks en
route to Roush Fenway Racing’s first-ever Cup title.

Over the course of the next five seasons, Kenseth qualified for the
Chase for the Cup every season from 2004 through 2008 and in the
process, continued to add to his career achievements list.  In 2006,
Kenseth became the first driver since Dale Earnhardt to win back-to-back
Bristol night races and along the way set career highs for top-five
finishes (15), laps led (1,132), and average finishes (9.8). 

Kenseth began the 2009 season with back-to-back victories by winning the
Daytona 500 and followed up his victory a week later at California
Speedway with another win.  With the Daytona 500 win, Kenseth earned a
spot with some elite company like Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, David
Pearson and Richard Petty as one of only five drivers in NASCAR history
who have won a Cup Championship, the Raybestos Rookie Award, and the
Daytona 500.

The 2010 season saw Kenseth sport new primary colors on his No. 17 Ford
as Crown Royal joined Kenseth and the team.  Although he has not yet won
a race this season, Kenseth could pull of a big win Sunday if he can
visit Victory Lane in his 400th career start during Ford Championship
Weekend.  Kenseth has already earned six top-five finishes and 14 top-10
finishes this season, but is looking to close out the 2010 season with a
win under his belt.  Amidst the Sprint Cupbeing decided on Sunday, Kenseth –
who enters the weekend fifth in the
driver point standings – will look to finish the season on a high note.

Kenseth and his No. 17 Crown Royal team will have their first practice
session of the weekend on Friday, November 19th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00
p.m. EST.  Coverage of the Ford 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway will
begin on Sunday, November 21st at 1:00 p.m. EST on ESPN with radio
coverage provided by the Motor Racing Network (MRN.)

About Roush Fenway Racing

Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports
teams.  Four in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth,
Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; and five in the Nationwide
Series with Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Trevor Bayne, Colin Braun,
Brian Ickler, and Paul Menard.  For more information on any of the Roush
Fenway Racing teams, log onto  Become a fan of
Roush Fenway Racing on Facebook by going to and follow us on Twitter
@roushfenway.  For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at

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