Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kenseth Likely Going out in Fitting Way

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kenseth Likely Going out in Fitting Way

Article excerpt

The NASCAR Nation would be remiss in not offering a final tip of the hat to Matt Kenseth.

His victory at Phoenix was truly one of the great moments of the 2017 season. The 20-year Cup veteran isn't getting kicked to the curb, but close enough. He doesn't have a ride in 2018 after he was bounced from Joe Gibbs Racing in favor of 21-year-old Erik Jones.

It wasn't performance-based. Kenseth made the 16-driver playoffs this season. It was a money move, driven by 45-year-old Kenseth's high salary against a lack of sponsorships moving forward.

So if this is goodbye, the victory was a sweet way to close out a great career.

"Yeah, it's really not describable," the 2003 season champion said after the race.

"With only two [laps] left, I didn't think we probably had a good chance of getting back to victory lane. …

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