Matt Kenseth has been challenging Mark Martin for the most retirement teases. It has recently been announced that he will be taking over for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 car after Larson’s termination.
This is the second time he’s come back after his initial hiatus from racing. With his first return coming from his former team, Rough-Fenway Racing. After taking over for a horrid Trevor Bayne, Kenseth brought the average finish of the team up from 23.9 to 19.9 and brought the team it’s only 2 top tens of the 2018 season.
His 19.9 average was nearly identical to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who averaged 19.3 but was also into his seventh season with the team.
He now steps into a Chevrolet for the first time in his career. This will be much better equipment than the current state of RFR and allows Kenseth a shot at actually competing for his limited time back in the Cup Series.
At 48-years old, he’s 3 years removed from his last race win. However, Kenseth’s production never wained into his mid-forties and he nearly outdid the younger drivers at RFR in 2018. He’s stepping into a car that has 3-top tens in 4 starts this season so we’ll see how much he still has left in the tank.
I think that due to his unfamiliarity, we won’t see him contending for wins each week, but consistent top 15 finishes are sure to come.