That sounds like a “Well, duh” kind of statement. You know what I mean. For example, Greg Biffle found himself out of a ride at season’s end after a long career at Roush Fenway. How badly he wanted to drive, only he knows. What we know is that the Biff is not racing in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series this year. Yours truly submits this will not be the case for Matt Kenseth.
Matty Ice (with all apologies to the Falcons QB) isn’t a caution flag waiting to happen. Whatever it is that keeps a driver going is something he still possesses. It could go fast, to be sure, but Matt Kenseth is certainly at that stage of his career where maybe you take it a year at a time going forward.
Not only is he not a back marker, there are ample seats to fill. As of today, we know that Erik Jones is off the table to drive the 20 car. Most notably, the 88 will come open as Dale Earnhardt Jr. retires. Then there’s the 77 ride, should Furniture Row continue racing two cars. Putting a former champion in that seat may give Barney Visser and company what they need to secure sponsorships. It’s probably far-fetched, given their relationship to Kenseth’s soon-to-be former employer, but who knows? With the 88, he would at most fill that seat for a year, as it would seem Alex Bowman or William Byron don’t need a heck of a lot more time in the Xfinity Series.
There’s talk that Kenseth could return to a Ford team and race for Roger Penske in the 12 car. That seems logical. There’s also talk that Ryan Blaney could make the move to that car after finding success with the Wood Bros. If you ask me, putting Kenseth in the classic 21 would be cool if Blaney moves.
You know which ride seems most logical for Matt Kenseth? The 10 car at Stewart-Haas. This is not hating on Danica Patrick, this is simply a feeling that she’s coming to the end of her Cup Series road. To be honest, I think it’s not such a bad idea to be one of those drivers who returns to Xfinity. Will that happen? The latter is not as likely, but the former makes perfect sense from here.
Truth be told, there’s no end to the possibilities. However, when it comes to Matt Kenseth, he can do whatever he wants.