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Matt Kenseth earned 38 NASCAR Cup Series victories and the 2003 championship.(Photo: Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports)

FORT WORTH —Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth, unable to discover a appropriate new journey for subsequent season, introduced his retirement — a minimum of when it comes to full-time racing in 2018 — at Texas Motor Speedway  on Saturday.

“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 ,” stated Kenseth, who at 45 is the oldest lively Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver. “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.”

Kenseth first advised NBC Sports of his plans to step away kind full-time racing in a podcast recorded Saturday morning.

Joe Gibbs Racing introduced in July that it will substitute Kenseth with Erik Jones within the No. 20 Toyota. Kenseth had looked for choices for 2018, though was unable to discover a journey that will match.

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“It’s not the situation I really want to be in,” Kenseth stated. “In lots of methods, I don’t really feel like I’m able to retire. Other methods I do. It’s been a very, actually lengthy irritating and disappointing season for lots of causes.

“I’ll simply take a while off, no matter which means. I don’t know if that’s a yr, two years, three months, 4 months, I imply you by no means know what occurs. Maybe one thing comes alongside that actually makes you excited and it feels prefer it’s going to be a match, you would possibly go do. Certainly not gonna rule that out, however for now, I’m not making any plans for 2018. I simply plan on having a while off.”

Kenseth has gone winless this season and enters Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 10th within the standings. Kenseth gained his Cup title in 2003 and was runner-up twice (2006 and 2013). He has 38 wins in a Cup profession that has spanned 20 seasons. 

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