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FORT WORTH, Texas — Matt Kenseth has no plans to drive in 2018, and whereas the 2003 NASCAR Cup champion would not use the phrase “retirement,” he stated it’s “probably time to go do something different.”
Kenseth, who discovered in July that he would get replaced by Erik Jones at Joe Gibbs Racing, has not been capable of land a experience at one other group. He is the oldest full-time driver at age 45 and would command a big wage to proceed to race.
“I’m not committing to anything for 2018,” Kenseth stated Saturday after observe at Texas Motor Speedway. “I am simply going to take a while off, no matter meaning. I do not know if that is a 12 months, two years, three months, 4 months. You by no means know what occurs.
“Maybe one thing comes alongside that basically makes me excited and looks like it should be a match and also you may go do. I am actually not going to rule that out. For now, I am not planning for 2018. I plan on taking a while off.”
Kenseth was eradicated from the NASCAR playoffs after the second spherical and has been winless this 12 months. He has 38 Cup wins in 647 profession begins in what’s a possible NASCAR Hall of Fame worthy profession.
“It’s not a scenario I actually wish to be in,” said Kenseth, who is 10th in the NASCAR Cup standings. “In numerous methods, I do not actually really feel like I am able to retire – or step away, nonetheless you wish to take a look at it – and in different methods, I do.
“It’s been a really, really long, frustrating, disappointing season on a lot of levels. … It’s the end of the year. I’m pretty tired right now with the way everything ended up and the way everything went. I’m going to take some time for me and my family and go from there.”
Kenseth joins Dale Earnhardt Jr. amongst veterans who don’t have any plans to race in Cup after this season. Danica Patrick is one other notable driver with no experience.
“The retirement word doesn’t really make a lot of sense in this sport because it’s not like the NFL where you get a pension where you officially retire,” Kenseth stated. “It’s largely for individuals like Junior, they have to fill the seat and have a sponsor and all that stuff.
“For me, it is simply totally different as a result of I actually did not have that choice. My seat bought stuffed earlier than any of that.”