34-year old Cambridge, Wisconsin native reaches milestone this
Roush Racing, Press Release
CONCORD, N.C. - When Matt Kenseth takes the green flag in this
Sunday's UAW-Ford 500 at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, he will
be making the 250th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start of his nine-year
Kenseth, the 2003 Cup Champion, will become the 76th driver in
NASCAR history to reach the milestone. Kenseth broke into the Cup
Series in 1998 at Dover International Speedway, where he drove to a
sixth-place finish while filling in for Bill Elliott.
Together with crew chief and fellow Wisconsin native, Robbie Reiser,
and car sponsor DEWALT, Kenseth made the leap into full-time
competition in NASCAR's Cup division in 2000. That year, Kenseth
became the only rookie ever to win the Coca-Cola 600, a victory that
helped propel him to Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2003, Kenseth brought car owner Jack Roush his first Cup
Championship by claiming the final championship of the Winston Cup
era. Since then, Kenseth has won the 2004 International Race of
Champions (IROC) Championship, won the 2004 NEXTEL All-Star
Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway and is one of only three drivers
to have made NASCAR's Chase for the NEXTEL Cup all three seasons.
Currently sitting fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Standings, Kenseth
is 84 points behind Jeff Burton with seven races to go.
"I had no idea this was number 250 until someone told me," said
Kenseth. "You know, we race so much and so often that you really
don't have time to think about the races behind you because you're
so focused on the race ahead of you. Especially after yesterday, I'm
certainly looking forward to next weekend. Of course, 250 really
isn't that much if you consider that Mark Martin has over 650 starts
and somebody told me that Terry Labonte is closing in on 850. I know
I won't be racing that long, but I feel fortunate to be doing what I
love to do and it sure beats having to go to work for a living."
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush
Enterprises which operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR
Nextel Cup Series with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie
McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with
Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn,
and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan,
Erik Darnell and Michel Jourdain, Jr. For sponsorship inquiries,
contact Robin M. Johnson, Roush Racing, (704) 720-4645.