NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Matt Kenseth added to his sporting resume Monday, completing the Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds.
The 50-year-old former driver Kenseth finished 3,558th overall and was an impressive 141st in his age division. His clocking was also several minutes faster than former NASCAR competitor Jimmie Johnson, who ran the 2019 event in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 7 seconds.
“Yeah, he was way younger,” Kenseth quipped in an interview with WBZ-TV, a CBS affiliate in Boston. Johnson was 43 years old during his first Boston Marathon, which he ran just 36 hours after the Cup Series’ event at Richmond Raceway.
Kenseth said he had run the Chicago Marathon last October. He finished in 3:09:08, saying that hot, humid conditions made the running more difficult. Monday, Kenseth was treated to sunny and cool weather for the 26.2-mile distance.
“I love this area. I love coming up to Boston,” Kenseth told WBZ. “I always loved racing up in New Hampshire. It’s a great place, so the atmosphere was second to none. It was one of the better experiences in my life — obviously, sporting experience for all the races and everything. This was really cool — the crowd, enthusiasm and just a huge event. Fun to be part of it.”
Kenseth is the 2003 Cup Series champion, a two-time Daytona 500 champ and the winner of 39 top-division races in his two-decades-plus career. He was added April 4 to the ballot of names up for election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.