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Matt Kenseth won't be back with Joe Gibbs for 2018 NASCAR season

Matt Kenseth won't be back with Joe Gibbs for 2018 NASCAR season

"I'm just driving. For the most part, for me, whether - I don't know where I'm going to be yet".

A full-time Cup driver since 2000, Kenseth left Roush Fenway Racing for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013. Jones doesn't know for what team he will drive for in 2018. "Hopefully get qualified for the playoffs here and have a shot at a championship is pretty much focus at this point".

"It hasn't been a good year at all; not almost up to my standards or my team's standards".

"I'm not really anxious about it, but as of today I do not have a job for next year, so I certainly hope to still be racing", Kenseth, 45, said before Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Kentucky Speedway. "I don't really have anything to talk about for what I am doing", Kenseth said. "[The learning curve] has been huge for me just trying to figure out what it takes to win these Cup races and some of the things that go along with the Cup Series and just how competitive it is". JGR, which fields cars for Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez in the series, has drivers waiting in the wings, including Erik Jones, who drove for the team in the XFINITY Series before moving to Furniture Row Racing (with whom JGR has a technical alliance) for his rookie season in Cup in 2017.

"I was not feeling too good physically and, yeah, I've thought about that quite a bit just how big a difference it is from today compared to previous year", he said. "I don't think he's going to have to worry about that".

"It's been a slow start", Kenseth said.

While that doesn't reveal anything definitive for Kenseth going forward, it does heat up rumors for silly season as the Cup Series reaches its halfway point of the 2017 season.

We just know now that - unless something changes - that job won't be with JGR.

Regardless of what happens next year, Kenseth has proved himself to be among the best in recent decades. His 2003 championship was the last under the old full-schedule format, before NASCAR concocted the Chase and the playoffs and stage racing and all manner of confusing points systems.

Last year's Quaker State 400 was the tipping point in Dale Earnhardt's season. "I guess it's July now, so I'm sure we'll have an answer here soon". Kyle's been fast enough to win three or four races if all the circumstances would have went right.

If Kenseth wants to keep racing - but why would he, especially with so much life yet to live? - he'll have no trouble finding a ride.


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