Originally created 05/16/02

Spotlight on Matt Kenseth



Hometown: Cambridge, Wis.

Lives: Terrell, N.C.

Job: Driver of No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford for Roush Racing.

2001 record: 36 races, four top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes and $2,565,579 in earnings.

Career record: 87 starts, three wins, 13 top-five finishes, 29 top-10 finishes and $6,532,188 in earnings.

Personal notes: Beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the rookie of the year title in 2000 ... Already owns an impressive record of finishing in the top 10 in one-third of his career starts ... One of three drivers with two victories this year ... As a high school junior, he won his first race in only his third start at a local short track in Wisconsin ... Finished third in the Hooters Pro Cup Series in 1996 ... Also has victories in the American Speed Association, NASCAR All-Pro and NASCAR Busch Series circuits.

Hobbies: Playing golf and computer games, riding motorcycles and boating.