Matt Kenseth says full-time racing is over

BRISTOL, TN – AUGUST 18: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DEWALT/Flexvolt Toyota, stands by his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)The 

There’s little chance Matt Kenseth will return to race in the NASCAR Cup Series, at least in a full-time capacity.

The Cambridge native worked for Chip Ganassi Racing at NASCAR’s premier level in 32 races in 2020. He drove the No. 42 Chevrolet in place of Kyle Larson, who was fired after he used a racial slur during a virtual iRacing event on April 12.

“I can say with almost 100 percent certainty that my days in professional racing – at least full-time professional racing – are over,” said Kenseth, who posted one top-five and one top-10 finish during the 2020 season.

“I look forward to doing late model stuff or IMSA, or something like that. A little bit here or there. As far as NASCAR racing full-time or professional racing, those days are behind me.”

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