Kenseth to step away from racing at end of 2017 season

By Matt Courson and Dominic Aragon

November 4, 2017

FORT WORTH—Matt Kenseth will be stepping away from professional racing at season’s end, according to a news release.

Kenseth announced he will not be actively searching for a ride next season, Kenseth told Toyota Racing.

When asked if he was not actively searching for a ride in 2018, Kenseth responded, “Yeah, that’s accurate.”

However, Kenseth said that the word “retirement” does not make a lot of sense in the sport of NASCAR.

“I mean the retirement word doesn’t really make a lot of sense in this sport really because there’s, it’s not like the NFL where you get a pension if you officially retire or you do any of that stuff,” he said. Mostly it’s for people like Jr. that got to fill the seat and have a sponsor and all that stuff.

“For me it’s just different because I didn’t really have that option, my seat got filled before, before any of that so there’s really no reason to talk about it. I’ll just take some time off, whatever that means. I don’t know if that’s a year, two years, three months, four months, I mean you never know what happens.”

Kenseth, 45, has been racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-time since 2000.

The Wisconsin native has been driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing since 2013 and will be replaced by Erik Jones in 2018.

Kenseth has qualified for the postseason every season he has raced for the organization, including this year. He has not won this year 33 races into the season.

Overall, Kenseth has been victorious 38 times in NASCAR’s premier series and won the series title in 2003.

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