Matt Kenseth races to first top-five finish of season at Kansas Speedway

May 7, 2016

It's been a roller coaster ride for Matt Kenseth so far this season.

It all started when Kenseth had the checkered flag in site for a potential Daytona 500 victory, only until Denny Hamlin moved him out of the way after throwing a block on his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate in the final corner of the last lap.

Since then, Kenseth has only collected three top-10 finishes, with a 17th-place average finish on the season.

But things are looking up for the No. 20 JGR Toyota driver after scoring his first top-five finish of the year in Saturday night's Go Bowling 400 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas Speedway.


"We were, I thought, between a second and fourth-place car most of the day," Kenseth told FOX Sports after finishing fourth. "I thought we were as good as the 18 (Kyle Busch) if we had the position. "We were just a little off, but these guys had great pit stops and great adjustments. We seem to be getting closer."

Prior to Saturday night's event, Kenseth's best finishes came at Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway, scoring a pair of seventh-place finishes at both tracks.

A solid top-five finish might be exactly what Kenseth needed to turn everything around.