Sun sets on the career of Kenseth

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

HOMESTEAD, Fla.— While the spotlight throughout the weekend has been on Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth should also be recognized.

Throughout the weekend, Earnhardt and Kenseth would participate in things together. On Friday night after Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, both drivers took photos with their former and current crews around cars that were a throwback to their rookie paint schemes. Earnhardt was adamant that Kenseth be included in the weekend festivities.

“He called me this week. We were thinking of a few things. I wanted that photo we did the other day. That was really cool. I have my rookie paint job, he has his rookie paint job. He kinda took the ball from there and told me what I had to do.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Ford EcoBoost 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL USA
Friday 17 November 2017
Dale Earnhardt Jr, Hendrick Motorsports, Axalta Chevrolet SS and Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, DEWALT Hurricane Recovery Toyota Camry with team members past and present.
World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade

As he sat on the pit wall following the Ford EcoBoost 400, Kenseth took a moment to reflect on his 20 years as a driver in the Cup series.

“In a way, the last 20 years have been a blur. In another way, it has been a really long season. It’s been a long season. I am really looking forward to having some time off. We will see how I feel in July. I look forward to spending some time with my family this next week or so. Just kinda getting a life.”

Although the emotions were high for many influencers in Kenseth’s life, he enjoyed every moment of the past two weeks as his career achievements were celebrated.

“It was fun. It was a really fun week to be honest with you. You never really know what to expect. That is probably why I never said anything until you (Nate Ryan) pried it out of me. I don’t know. I knew it for awhile. I never have really been an attention seeker. It has really been a really neat couple of weeks.”

What is next for Kenseth? With three daughters under the age of eight and one the way, he is unsure if he will have time for a hobby. However, he has been training for a half marathon and is interested in cycling races for the future.

“I have been training for a half marathon that I am going to run in a few weeks. Enjoy cycling. I might go do some races in an older age category. I got a lot of hobbies, things to do, places to go. I am looking forward to it.”

Kenseth will now be able to spend time with his daughter getting to spend time with their interests.

“With the kids and the age they are at, I am really the last to be able to spend all this time with them. As the kids get older, their hobbies are your hobbies. You spend a lot of time at gymnastics meets, basketball games, and thing like that. It’s fun to enjoy the experiences with your kids. I am looking forward to that.”

Over his 20 years career, Kenseth has raced in 650 events. He has collected 39 wins, 181 top-five finishes, 327 top-ten finishes, and 20 poles. He has completed 185,600 laps and has led 11,751 laps.

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