Part-time schedule? Back to Ford for Matt Kenseth?
Matt Kenseth retired from full-time racing following the 2017 season. He left with a win in his second to last race at Phoenix Raceway. In his final race, he finished 8th. Overall, he finished 7th in the standings.
He was left without a ride. Matt Kenseth still had more wins in him. However, Joe Gibbs Racing elected to go with the young Erik Jones for the #20 car in 2018.
The 2003 NASCAR champion went on a search for a new ride. He didn’t have plans to retire in mid-2018. However, he stressed that if he finds a ride he’ll race, if he doesn’t he won’t.
Now, he’s returning to the roots. Matt Kenseth entered his first full-time NASCAR season with a Ford at Jack Roush Racing in 2000. He picked up a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his 18th start.
Now, Matt Kenseth is expected to return to Roush-Fenway Racing. He’s rumored to be running a part-time schedule from behind the wheel of the #6 machine.
A full 2018 Matt Kenseth schedule has yet to be released by the team or so much as an announcement. However, it’s rumored that the first race is scheduled for May 12 at Kansas Speedway.
Kenseth has two wins at Kansas Speedway. In his 24 starts, he has an average finish of 14th.
Trevor Bayne is the current driver of the #6 car at Roush Fenway Racing. Bayne has run every race in the #6 since 2015. His best finish in 2018 came at Texas Motor Speedway in the seventh race of the season.
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