June 26, 2016

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth to visit Philadelphia on Aug. 31

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Matt Kenseth, a three-time winner at Dover International Speedway and the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will visit Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 31, throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Washington Nationals-Philadelphia Phillies game, and greet fans at a social-media meet-up.

During his visit, Kenseth, the driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, will greet players from both teams, make an appearance on Comcast Sportsnet’s “Philly Sports Talk,” participate in an interview with the Phillies’ radio team and be available for interviews by other TV, print and radio outlets.

The social media meet-up will take place at 6:15 p.m. at the First Base Gate near the Robin Roberts statue on Pattison Avenue.

Kenseth clinched a spot in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs with a victory in the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” at the Monster Mile on May 15.

Kenseth’s appearance comes in advance of the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway, which features the first elimination race of the 16-driver 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 2 with the “Citizen Soldier 400.” For four drivers, their championship dreams will be over in Dover.

In addition to the “Citizen Soldier 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the NASCAR weekend at Dover International Speedway includes the Saturday, Oct. 1 “Drive Sober 200” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the Friday, Sept. 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at, or on Twitter at @MonsterMile and Instagram at @MonsterMile.



Birthday: March 10, 1972 (age 44)

Hometown: Cambridge, Wisc.

First NASCAR Sprint Cup race: 1998 (Dover)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships:  1 (2003)

Crew Chief: Jason Ratcliff

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing


2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races

(Through Aug. 28, Michigan)

Starts: 24

Wins:  2 (Dover, May 15; New Hampshire, July 17)

Poles: 0

Top 5: 4

Top 10: 10

DNFs: 2


All NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races

(Through Aug. 28, Michigan)

Starts: 602

Wins: 38

Poles: 15

Top 5: 167

Top 10: 300

DNFs: 53

Chase Appearances: 12 (counting 2016 season, second all-time to Jimmie Johnson’s 13)


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover International Speedway

Starts: 35

Wins: 3

Pole: 1

Average Start: 14.5

Average Finish:  13.0

Top 5: 16

Top 10: 23

DNFs: 6



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