NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Event finished
08 Feb
-
17 Feb
Event finished
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
First Practice in
18 Hours
:
24 Minutes
:
06 Seconds
R
Fontana
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Next event in
6 days
R
Phoenix
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
13 days
R
Atlanta
13 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
20 days
R
Homestead
20 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
27 days
R
27 Mar
-
29 Mar
Next event in
34 days
R
Bristol
03 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
41 days
R
Richmond
17 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
55 days
R
Talladega
24 Apr
-
26 Apr
Next event in
62 days
R
01 May
-
03 May
Next event in
69 days
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
75 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
83 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
90 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
97 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
104 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
111 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
118 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
125 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
132 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
138 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
146 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
167 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
174 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
181 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
187 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
195 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
201 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
208 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
216 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
223 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
230 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
237 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
244 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
251 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
258 days

Matt Kenseth "not talking about next year," focused on 2018 results

shares
comments
Matt Kenseth "not talking about next year," focused on 2018 results
By:
Sep 1, 2018, 12:48 PM

Everyone is interested in Matt Kenseth’s NASCAR future but the veteran driver prefers to focus on the job at hand.

Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion Oscar Mayer
Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion NESN
Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion Roush Performance
Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion Performance Plus Motor Oil
Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Fusion Roush Performance
Matt Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

And it’s not been an easy one.

At least three different times during a press conference Friday at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Kenseth was asked in some fashion whether he would continue driving in 2019.

He deftly deflected them all.

“I’m just kind of honestly trying to concentrate on the rest of this season and trying to get this done,” he said the first time he was asked.

Asked a similar question again later, Kenseth said, “I’m just trying to get running the best we can this year. I’m certainly not talking about next year and I haven’t really put as much thought into it as you all have, honestly.”

Kenseth left his brief “retirement” to return to Roush Fenway Racing in May, driving several races in No. 6 Ford, part of an effort to help improve the performance of the organization.

Kenseth, 46, is making his ninth start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday night in the Southern 500 at Darlington.

He and Trevor Bayne, the No. 6 team’s regular driver, have been sharing time in the car since his return. Kenseth has already been spending time watching races on TV and evaluating data from both Bayne and teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

“The hardest part is just kind of coming in somewhat mid-season, doing part-time (driving) and trying to get some momentum and trying to get the lay of the land and trying to get things rolling,” Kenseth said.  

“It’s a different role and there’s just a lot to learn and a lot to take in and a lot of differences, so just trying to figure out the people and the system again and kind of where we were at, where we need to go, that type of thing.”

While the results haven't turned heads, Kenseth does believe the organization is making progress.

“It doesn’t really show necessarily on the stat sheets or the box score all the time, but I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress and really just trying to keep that going and keep moving forward and keep trying to get more competitive by the end of the season,” he said.

“It’s been interesting for me to get in and kind of drive for a while and then step away for a few weeks and kind of take a different view of the team, the sport, the race weekends, the way things go down from TV and reading notes and watching data and doing those kind of things.

“It’s been interesting. I feel like I’ve learned a lot and it’s definitely a different perspective.” 

Next article
Ryan Newman tops Chase Elliott in final Darlington practice

Previous article

Ryan Newman tops Chase Elliott in final Darlington practice

Next article

Photo Gallery: All Darlington throwback schemes

Photo Gallery: All Darlington throwback schemes
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth
Teams Roush Fenway Racing
Author Jim Utter