Avondale, Ariz. • Roughly two months into the season, Mark Martin was having a conversation with Matt Kenseth about the fast start to Kenseth's year. Kenseth had grabbed two wins in his first eight races with Joe Gibbs Racing, and Martin believed his former teammate could have legitimately won all eight of the events.
"I expected him to win races and be awesome and be Matt Kenseth, but the start he had, he could have won them all," Martin recalled. "Bar none. That was staggering. … He's living a dream and hitting his full potential, and you don't always get an opportunity to hit your full potential."
It truly is a dream year for Kenseth, who has won a career-best seven races after jumping to JGR following 16 years driving for Jack Roush.