Kenseth could close career with one of the greatest career-ending top-10 finish streaks
By Dominic Aragon
November 25, 2017
If Matt Kenseth does not compete in another Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, he will end his career with four consecutive top-10 finishes.
That would tie Kenseth third all-time among drivers who ended their careers with top-10 finish streaks. The 2003 champion would also have the highest streak among past champions.
“Once you start the engine, really didn’t think about anything to be honest with you, except for trying to go out and perform the best you can and trying to win that race,” Kenseth said post-race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a Toyota Racing news release.
The Wisconsin native finished 2017 with a ninth, fourth, win and eighth-place finish in the last four races.
Dick Dixon holds the NASCAR Cup Series record for the most consecutive top-10 finishes to finish a career at seven. He accomplished the feat in 1965.
Before he came back in 2016 to fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in eight races, Jeff Gordon finished his career with seven consecutive top-10 finishes in 2015, tying Dixon.
Second on the all-time list is driver turned team owner Cotton Owens. Owens finished his career with five consecutive top-10 runs, spanning across a part-time schedule from 1962 to 1964.
Kenseth would be tied with Curley Barker and Gwyn Staley.
Barker finished inside the top 10 in his only starts in NASCAR’s premier series in 1956.
Staley ended his career with four consecutive top-five finishes, all in the first four races of the 1958 season.
ALL-TIME CONSECUTIVE TOP-10 STREAK TO END CAREER
Dick Dixon - 7
Cotton Owens - 5
Curley Barker - 4
Matt Kenseth - 4
Gwyn Staley - 4