Matt Kenseth started the 2012 NASCAR season better than every driver by winning the dramatic and delayed Daytona 500. Starting the season first in the standings is just what every driver wants. Matt and his Roush Fenway Ford team, with the exception of the fifth week of the season, stayed in the top five in the standings the entire regular season. He eventually led the standings for six weeks.
In May, it was rumored that Matt might not be back at Roush Fenway Racing for 2013, at the end of June that became fact. Matt Kenseth was now driving for a lame duck team and it was expected that he wouldn’t be able to contend for the Championship. He did drop in the standings to third at the end of the regular season but entered the Chase seventh because he only had one win. He was still in contention.
With finishes of 18th and 14th in the first two chase races it wasn’t looking good for another championship. His finish of 35th at Dover was a death blow. Matt stepped it up and won the races at Talladega and Kansas. He was able to finish the season seventh in points. He had three wins, 13 top five and 19 top ten finishes. His statistics almost matched those he had the year before when he finished fourth.
Matt Kenseth will be moving to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013 driving the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota. It is widely expected that he will step right in and continue where he left off, in spite of having a totally new team, driving totally different cars for a different manufacture. Winning two races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup as a lame duck driver is one indication that it could happen.