Matt Kenseth Is Daytona 500 Champion

February 15, 2009

Meet Matt Kenseth, an American stock car driver who won the 2009 Daytona 500 NASCAR race, also known as The Great American Race. Kenseth was declared the winner after the race was stopped due to rain. See photos, video and a biography of Matt Kenseth here.

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Kenseth overtook Elliott Sadler just minutes before the red flag was shown to stop the race 48 laps short. This is his first Daytona 500 win and also the first one for his team Roush Fenway Racing.

“It’s going to be really wet out here because I’m crying like a baby,” Kenseth said. “Just to win a race after last year, I didn’t know if I was ever going to do that again, and then to pull off the Daytona 500, it’s just unbelievable.”

As a biography, Matt Kenseth was born on March 10, 1972 in Cambridge, Wisconsin so his age is 36. He began racing at Madison International Speedway at the age of 16.

“My dad bought a car when I was 13 and raced it at Madison,” Kenseth said. “Neither of us knew much and it was a learning experience. My first car – what might be considered a sportsman – was a 1981 Camaro that Todd Kropf had driven to championships at Madison and Columbus (Columbus 151 Speedway). On the third night out I won a feature.”

Kenseth won the 1991 ARTGO race to become the series’ youngest winner. He was a short track hero during the early 90s and won the 1994 Wisconsin and Slinger Nationals. He later on moved to the southern racing scene and won races of the Busch series. He made his Winston Cup series debut in 1998 and won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte as a rookie, which is a record for the 600 mile race.

His best season came in 2003 when he dominated the points standings to become the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup champion. He also won the 2004 International Race of Champions. He currently drives the #17 DeWalt Ford.

In his personal life, Kenseth is married to Katie Martin and the two have a son, Ross, who has raced a legends car for over a year. The family also has four cats who were featured in the NASCAR pets calendars to raise money for animal charities.

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