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Matt Kenseth to Take Break From Racing in 2018

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A former Cup Series Champion, Matt Kenseth made his 2018 plans known at Texas Motor Speedway. He will not race in 2018, and he realizes that 2017 may be his final season.

Kenseth, 45, won the last championship under the Winston sponsorship of the Cup Series in 2003. He has also won 38 races, including 2 Daytona 500 victories. He has 14 wins with his current team, Joe Gibbs Racing.

In an interview at Texas on Saturday, Kenseth stated the following. “I’ve put a lot of thought into it and pretty much decided after Martinsville, which I kind of already knew anyway, but we decided to take some time off. I’m not committing to anything for 2018. I’ll just take some time off, whatever that means. I don’t know if that’s a year, 2 years, 3 months, 4 months, I mean you never know.”

This announcement sounds eerily similar to one made by Kenseth’s former teammate, Greg Biffle. Biffle retired from Roush Fenway Racing after 2016; he had raced for Roush since 2003.

Kenseth’s wife is getting ready to give birth to the couple’s 4th daughter. With this in mind, Matt Kenseth will take on the role of full-time father in 2018.

Kenseth’s Turbulent 2017

In 2017, Matt Kenseth has 8 top 5s, 15 top 10s, and 2 poles. He is in a 40 race winless streak that dates back to New Hampshire last summer. He did make the Playoffs this year but was eliminated after Kansas. Out of 14 attempts at the Playoffs, Kenseth has made 13 of them.

In perspective to the entire sport, Kenseth’s ‘retirement’ is another sign of changing tides. Superstar veteran drivers are being forced out of their rides by younger talent. Kenseth will be replaced at Joe Gibbs Racing by Erik Jones.

In conclusion, silly season is coming close to ending, and the future is uncertain for yet another driver. Matt Kenseth has not secured a 2018 ride since announcing his free agency in July. As the engines fire in just over 100 days at the Daytona 500, Matt Kenseth may be another driver in retirement.