Matt Kenseth said yesterday at Kentucky that he does not expect to be back at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018. Not a shock considering he is the oldest guy in the stable and everyone kind of saw this coming anyways. Denny Hamlin just signed a long term deal, Kyle Busch is the face of the organization and Daniel Suarez is a rookie. Matt is 45, he’s viewed as an old guy and admittedly only has a few seasons left.
As for who takes his seat, everyone knows the answer to that. Mullet connoisseur himself Erik Jones will be in the #20 car next year. He’s the future of JGR, he’s guy for them in the future. No clue who the sponsor would be but it won’t be 5 Hour Energy, they have to stay with #77 per Monster Energy competitor rules.
Where Does Matt Kenseth Race In 2018?
There is a really solid chance that Hendrick Motorsports has two seats open in 2018. The #88 is definitely open and Kenseth has been linked to that ride already. Dale Jr. said yesterday in Kentucky that Matt would be racing somewhere in 2018, hmmmm. Or there is the scenario of Alex Bowman to the #88, Kenseth to the #5 as a place holder until William Byron is ready. That makes the most sense right now.
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A literal swap with Erik Jones. Matt Kenseth would just slide over to the #77 team and partner Martin Truex Jr. and give 5 Hour Energy a great ride in 2018. He’d stay under the Toyota/JGR umbrella. Could easily see this happening.
Hopefully Matt Kenseth is racing in 2018, not sure we’re ready to see him and his dry sense of humor fade off into the sunset yet.
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