For someone like Matt Kenseth, who started racing at the age of 16 and has done so profitably for the past three decades, it’s only reasonable that people ask, “When is he retiring? Would you like to know more about this, in addition to information about his biography, family, and net worth? Read on and see what we have.
Matt Kenseth Bio (Age)
Mathew Roy Kenseth, who was born in 1972, has the same birthday on 30 March as Celine Dion, Sergio Ramos, and many others we have written about. His birthplace is Cambridge, Wisconsin, where he was born as the son of Roy Kenseth (father), a stock racing enthusiast, and his wife Nicola Sue Kenseth (Matt’s mother).
Matt had his high school education at Cambridge High School, which he completed in the early 1990s. However, he became interested in car racing at a very young age and started racing at the Madison International Speedway in 1988 at the age of 16. After his high school education, he worked for four years in the trade and shipping of left-handed chassis for a racing car manufacturer south of Wisconsin in Illinois.
In his early years in racing, Matt needed only 3 starts to achieve his first victory in a car race. It wasn’t long before he started to race late models against more experienced drivers like Dick Trickle, Rich Bickle, and Ted Musgrave. In 1991, Matt Kenseth broke the record of the youngest driver ever to win a race in the ARTGO Challenge Series. In the same year, he was also named Late Model Rookie of the Year at Slinger Speedway. His mastery of the tracks and the cars’ reaction during the races became better and better, even as he recorded many races wins, so it became the norm to expect him to win every race he prepares for.
In 1994 he won the Miller Genuine Draft National Championship, and his winning streak continued in the years that followed. Matt Kenseth won three Bush series and made his debut on the big circuit that year. In 2000 he joined the seniors and celebrated his first victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
His career, however, was not quite as rosy, as he had suffered low losses at various times, either through race losses or, more importantly, through the controversy surrounding the 2003 championship, in which he was involved when he only won 1 of 36 races but became champion on points. Nevertheless, the hallmark of a true champion is that he always jumps up when he is down and Matt is certainly one.
His other wins include the International Race of Champions (IROC) Championship in 2004, the Sharpie 500 Bristol Motor Speedway in 2006, the Auto Club 500 at the California Speedway in 2007, and the win at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2011, which gave him a winning streak of 76 races. He also won at the FedEx 400 Dover International Speedway. Matt Kenseth was the third driver after Kyle Busch and Cale Yarborough to win a race in Las Vegas on their birthday in 2013.
In 2015, he began the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a victory in the Sprint Unlimited, the first win in his career. In the few races he has participated in since then, he has recorded a lower number of wins than what we normally know him for.
Matt Kenseth Net Worth
Over the years, Matt Kenseth has distinguished himself as the driver with the sharpest eyes and fastest hands on the track. This has resulted in so many victories and rewards for the racer. For his hard work, Matt has accumulated a net worth of $50 million for himself, which has been widely reported on the Internet.
Family – Wife, Children
Matt Kenseth, like most celebrities his age, is a married man. He is married to Katie Martin, who is also from Cambridge, and they both have four daughters: Kaylin Nicola, born on 6 July 2009, Grace Katherine, born on 22 February 2011, Clara Mae, born on 25 March 2014, and Mallory Karen, born on 20 December 2017. However, Matt had a son named Ross Kenseth, born around 1993 from a previous relationship he had.
Ross seems to take after his father as a racing driver, just as his father took after his grandfather – although he was not a professional stock-car racer. As a 14-year-old Ross drove in limited late models, and at the age of 16 he won a touring car series for late models in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, the so-called “Big 8 Series”. Let’s watch out for him!
When Is He Retiring?
Matt Kenseth, who is the oldest driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 38 wins in a cup career spanning more than 20 seasons, is not currently retiring technically. In his opinion, he might see something on the track that could interest him and decide to give it a try. However, it has been reported that he will be “whatever that means” to retire for the rest of the 2018 season.