After 13 years of driving with Roush Fenway Racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth has learned that 2012 will be his last. The official announcement was made on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. At the end of the season, he will be looking for another team. RFR has stated that sponsorship is the issue. It is speculated that Kenseth will be replaced by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is one of the top drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
So far this season, Matt Kenseth has won one race, the Daytona 500, and finished in the top five in eight races. The series has raced in 16 races and the driver is in a good position to make the Chase for the Cup. In the points, he is currently leading. If he can continue racing the way he has, he may even take the championship. It would be a great way to go out with the team and help ensure that he can continue racing in 2013.
It seems likely that Kenseth will quickly find his ride for the 2013 season. Even if he doesn't win the championship, his performance this year has been impressive. Though it is not known where he may end up, I would bet that a number of teams would be seriously interested in giving the driver a job. With his departure, it is being speculated, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne may be able to compete in a full NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2013 with RFR.
It has to be disappointing to be at the top of your game and knowing that you are still being let go, likely for someone younger. Kenseth has been putting on great performances but if sponsors don't want the driver, then there is not much that teams can do. Without a sponsor, teams wouldn't have the money to race in the organization. Although it seems difficult for me to believe that a top running driver, like Kenseth, would have a hard time finding a sponsor, anything is possible in this economy. Hopefully, with the good luck Kenseth has been having on the track, he will be able to find a new sponsor and team for the 2013 season.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.