Matt Kenseth is one of the only six drivers in the 75 years racing sport who won a Cup Championship, the Cup Rookie of the Year Award and the Daytona 500 and Talladega 500. If you are a fan of car racing, it’s obvious you will like to know about the life history of such a great driver of all time.
For someone like Marr Kenseth who has been successful in his career since he was 16 years old, we all are curious to know if he has retirement plans. This article will provide all you will need to know about Matt’s personal and professional life.
January 01, 1972
Cambridge, Wisconsin, United States
Nicola Sue Kenseth
Stock car racing driver
5 feet 8 inches (1.75m)
Matt Kenseth: Birth, Childhood, Family, and Education
Kenseth was born in 1972 which makes him 46 years old. Matt blows candles on January 1st which coincides with the birthdate of other celebrities like Celine Dion and Sergio Ramos. His parents were Roy Kenseth (Father) and Sue Jenseth (Mother). His father was a stock car racing enthusiast.
Born in Cambridge, Wisconsin, Matt attended Cambridge High School and graduated from high school in the early ’90s. His interest inclined towards cars from a very young age. Matt started his racing career by the age of 16 in 1988 at the Madison International Speedway.
After completing high school, Matt spent four years in trading and shipping the parts of Left-hander Chassis on behalf of the racecar manufacturer in the south of his city in Illinois.
Professional Career, Awards, and Achievements
As we knew, car racing is something to which Matt is attracted since he was very young. He was only 19 years old when he set a record of the youngest winner ever in ARTGO Challenge Series.
1994 turned out to be lucky to Matt since he won the track titles at Madison International Speedway and Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna. The same year, his name appeared as the youngest driver to win the Miller Genuine Draft National Championships.
Matt got to compete in the NASCAR All Pro Series, for the first time in 1995. In 1997, he drove in the ASA Series and 1996, Matt finished the rugged Hooters Series in third.
Kenseth has achieved much more in his career. He became the fifth different champions in five years and thridded consecutive former Rookie of the Year to win the series title in 2003.
Although 2005 did not granted Matt with impressive finishes, 2006 started with a lead in the Daytona 500 and won the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in 2007.
Matt started the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and won the Spirit Unlimited for the first time in his career.
Through hardships and determination, Matt has accumulated an enormous amount of wealth in his life. The professional American stock car racer has a net worth of 60 Million Dollars. However, Matt has not mentioned any of the information about his salary.
As of 2019, the Stock Carracer Matt Kenseth has a Net Worth of $60 Million.
Personal Life: Marriage, Wife, and Children
The 46 years old racer is a married man. His wife’s name is Katie Martin who is also from Cambridge. The two tied the knot in December 2000. Kenseth has a son named Ross Kenseth from his previous relationship. The present couple is also blessed with four daughters: Kyalin Nicola (July 6, 2009), Grace Katherine (February 22, 2011), Clara Mae (March 25, 2014), and Mallory Karen (December 20, 2017).
We do not have much information about how the couple came to know each other or about their dating history. However, at present, it seems that the couple is delighted with each other.
Matt’s favorite band is Metallica. The couple also has a cat to whom they gave a name Lars Ulrich after the name of a drummer of the same group.
His son Ross (now 25) is also a racer. Ross won the championship in 2009 in the Big 8 Series and completed the part-time NASCAR Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series, CRA Super Series, ARCA Racing Series, and ARCA Midwest Tour.
Matt is famous across social media platforms. Being a sportsperson, he has an impressive number of fans who admire him. He is active on Instagram as @mattkenseth and has 36.2 K followers. Likewise, his Twitter account is flooded by 369 K followers.
Has Matt Kenseth Retired?
Matt is the oldest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver with a total of 38 wins in a Cup career, and it does not seem like he is retiring. However, he previously stated that he would take rest for the 2018 season.
According to Matt, retirement does not make much sense in the racing sport because it’s not like the NFL where racers will get a pension after retirement. He said, “Mostly it’s for people like Jr. that got to fill the seat and have a sponsor and all that stuff. For me, it’s just different because I didn’t have that option.”
No doubt, Matt is wise enough to take his retirement decisions. We will always be happier to see him racing with the same energy and enthusiasm.
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