Matt Kenseth is earning a career milestone this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he makes his 500th Sprint Cup series career start.
Kenseth made his debut in the series in 1998, and has spent 14 full seasons at NASCAR’s top level.
Kenseth will be driving a special 500th start paint scheme this weekend on his No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota at Loudon, and will be looking to earn his seventh win of the season in this milestone start.
“I’m proud having 500 starts. I remember making my first one and I wasn’t sure if I was going to even be able to make a second one. It’s a very tough business, so I feel very fortunate to have been with such great people, and to have driven such great cars and had fantastic sponsors throughout my career to be able to still be in this sport and competitive after this many seasons.” Kenseth said.
Kenseth’s career has been full of many achievements over his 14 full seasons at NASCAR’s top level including his 2003 Cup Championship title, two DAYTONA 500 Championships, an International Race of Champions (IROC) title, Rookie of the Year honors, and qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in all but one of its ten seasons of existence.
Kenseth began the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup as the top seed and won the first race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend.