Drivers, team owners share favorite Matt Kenseth memories

By Dominic Aragon and Matt Courson
November 19, 2017

HOMESTEAD, Fla.—The Ford EcoBoost 400 will mark Matt Kenseth’s final confirmed start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Various drivers and a team owner we talked to share their favorite Kenseth memories.

No. 00 Derrike Cope: “I remember Matt coming in, for the very first time, that drive at Dover there and doing an exceptional job.”

No. 22 Joey Logano: “No.”

No. 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt: “I used to not be a big Matt Kenseth fan, because one of the first Cup races my dad (Kerry) ran, whether he touched him or took the air off of him, he ended up wrecking my dad, and I was like ‘Man, I don’t like that guy.’

“But he’s been great for the sport, and he’s obviously done some great things… It sucks to see him go.”

Joey Gase: “I just love that he’s from the Midwest like I am.”

Jeff Green: “Matt’s probably one of my best friends back in the day and we still talk a lot.”

Richard Childress: “I remember Matt’s first (Cup) race, watching him at Dover, Delaware, in the (94) car that time. We knew he was going to be good then.”

Casey Mears: “In the last few years, even though I’ve raced against Matt for a long time, I feel like we’ve gotten closer in the last probably two or three years.

“We both have families now, been hanging out more together. I enjoy spending time with him and (wife) Katy and his kids.

“Matt races hard, man. Anytime I’ve ever raced around him, he doesn’t give an inch. That’s what I’ll always remember about what he does.”

Morgan Shepherd: “I think it was Charlotte, he went over and jumped on Brad [Keselowski]. That’s not like Matt; Matt’s easy going, calm. That was pretty exciting.”

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