Matt Kenseth , joined by his three daughters, talked about his Coors Light Pole-winning run in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Richmond Raceway.
Matt Kenseth was in the media center at Bristol Motor Speedway to discuss his 2018 plans in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Matt Kenseth takes you for a pace car ride around Auto Club Speedway before the Auto Club 400, explaining the intricacies of the race track.
RELATED: Kenseth's career stats CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Circle K, an international chain of convenience stores, will serve as the primary sponsor for six races this season with driver Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 Toyota fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The multi-year sponsorship was announced Wednesday by JGR and Circle K officials at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "It seems like today, in general and not just in racing, there's always more negative stories than positive so for me it's always exciting to get a new sponsor into the sport at whatever level it's at," Kenseth said. "… I always feel like that's a positive for whole industry. I'm glad they're on my car." The Circle K sponsorship will debut on the car at this month's race at Richmond, and will return for races at Talladega and Charlotte in May, Kentucky in July as well as Texas and Phoenix in November. According to officials, the company will have associate branding on the car for those races in which it is not the primary sponsor. Kenseth was sponsored by Dollar General through 2016 before that company left NASCAR. The No. 20 entry has featured branding from DeWalt (Daytona, Atlanta), BlueDEF (Las Vegas), Tide Pods (Phoenix, Martinsville), PEAK (Auto Club) and Toyota "Let's Go Places" (Texas) thus far this season. RELATED: Tide back on Kenseth's No. 20 car " PEAK to sponsor JGR duo "In a perfect world you'd have your car fully-funded at a high level (for) years in advance," Kenseth said. "That would be the best case for everybody. But in today's environment, there are very few cars that are actually like that." Circle K has stores in 41 states and is owned by Canadian-based parent company Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. While the company has had previous NASCAR affiliations, this year's sponsorship is a first in the role of a primary sponsor. "It's an exciting day for us, for all of our other sponsors as well," team owner Joe Gibbs said. "It's also a huge benefit for Circle K to be matched with these companies." JGR, which also fields teams for Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, still has open inventory on the No. 20 entry, but Kenseth said he's been more focused on competition issues of late. "I've been more worried about how we get our season turned around, running up front and hopefully winning some races," said the 2003 series champion. RELATED: Kenseth likens himself to Super Bowl-winning QB Since joining JGR in 2013, Kenseth has won 14 times. He won twice last year and finished fifth in the points standings. So far in '17, he's managed three top 10s, but three finishes of 36th or worse as well and sits 22nd in points as the series heads to Bristol this week for Sunday's Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). When it was suggested his season has been hit or miss, Kenseth noted that he's "hit a lot of stuff. We haven't missed much." "I think looking at just the (No.) 20 that we’ve been off," he said. "… (Other than Atlanta), we just have not run very well really. … Some things are circumstances but I think if we can get running better, that solves a lot of your problems. "We're off a little bit for sure. It seems like the window is pretty small right now; it's easy to miss it." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid SHOP: Chase gear Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth put the blame squarely on his own shoulders after his second-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . Kenseth -- who led 105 of 300 laps, including from Laps 243-294 -- ceded the lead on the final restart to eventual race winner Kevin Harvick . Kenseth held on for second place, .442 seconds behind at the checkered flag, but expressed regret as he emerged from his No. 20 Toyota post-race. "The last restart was my fault," said Kenseth , who had his modest win streak at the 1.058-mile track snapped at two. "The one before that I thought I did right and we heard from the (race control) tower down that they thought I slowed up before I restarted or something. So the last one I let Kevin lay back on me, which we're supposed to be side-by-side. "I should have known better. I should have just went really late in the (restart) zone and waited until he had to get up to my nose because he anticipated it just right and laid back. Plus, I spun the tires and I got beat through (Turns) 1 and 2 and then it was over." The late-race slip-up paralleled a restart miscue by Martin Truex Jr ., last week's winner and the driver of the JGR-affiliated Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. Truex lost ground with a sluggish jump on the next-to-last restart after leading a race-high 141 laps. He wound up seventh. Kenseth sits fourth in the 16-driver Chase standings with one race remaining until the Round of 12 is set. A New Hampshire win would have removed any guesswork for the 44-year-old driver ahead of next Sunday's Citizen Soldier 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Dover International Speedway . "You always want to win," Kenseth said. "I thought we had a top-two or -three car today, but we didn't win. They put me in position to do that and I let them down there so I feel bad about that. We ran good last week and we ran decent today, too, so we'll just go to Dover and try to race them there."
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol RELATED: Kenseth , JGR nab new sponsor in Circle K CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Matt Kenseth Retirement Tour hit a major snag Wednesday when the 2003 NASCAR champion showed up to help announce a new primary sponsor for his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kenseth , the 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, will be supported in a primary role by the convenience store chain Circle K for six races this season, part of a multi-year sponsorship agreement unveiled by JGR and Circle K officials at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. When JGR officials announced a week ago that the organization was holding a press conference with Kenseth and team owner Joe Gibbs, there was speculation that it was to announce Kenseth's retirement. "I'm just glad I'm still driving tomorrow," Kenseth cracked when Circle K sponsorship was unveiled. At 45, Kenseth is the oldest active full-time competitor in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. His 38 career victories include two Daytona 500 titles and he's won at all but five of the current tracks on the series schedule (Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Martinsville, Indianapolis and Atlanta). "I didn't realize they put out a release that we were having this press conference today," he said, adding that he began getting texts from folks wanting to know if rumors of his retirement were accurate. "I had no idea what they were talking about," he said. "As long as you guys have known me, if I was going to do something like that I wouldn't call a press conference. I probably just wouldn't show up at Daytona and everybody would say, 'Is Matt racing this year?' Or (I would) send out like a four-word tweet." Retirement's not something he's put much thought into lately, he said, joking that he plans to drive for "15 or 20 (more years). "If (New England Patriots quarterback) Tom Brady can play football at 40 and still win Super Bowls, I think 45 is pretty young to try and win races." Through the season's first seven races, Kenseth has three top 10s as well as three finishes of 36th or worse. He's 22nd in points heading into Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Gibbs, whose organization also fields entries for Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez, said he hopes Kenseth remains at JGR "into the future." "That's kind of our game plan," Gibbs said. "I've got to tell you, right now I look at him and he's on that bike all the time now, he's in probably as good of shape as he's ever been in his life and I know he has a burning desire to keep driving." &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Hot track temps make for interesting qualifying strategies, and Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota speeds to the top of the chart, grabbing the Coors Light Pole Award at Richmond.
RELATED: Race results " Chase Grid MORE: Buy tickets for Homestead-Miami Championship Weekend AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Kenseth wasn't involved in the crash that forced Sunday's Can-Am 500 into overtime. Unfortunately for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, he was involved in the one that took place during the extended period. From potential race winner and championship finalist to a 21st-place finish and no opportunity to win the big one for a second time in his career. All within the span of a single restart.
Kurt Busch tells NASCAR.com that the CEO of Monster thought his ride through the grass in 'The Clash' looked cool -- and Matt Kenseth isn't one to boast about eating organic salmon.
Kim Coon goes in depth with Chris Miko, hauler driver and chef for the No. 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team of Matt Kenseth , to see what it takes to keep his crew happy and not hungry on race weekends.