NASCAR notebook: Kenseth out at Joe Gibbs Racing

  • NASCAR notebook: Kenseth out at Joe Gibbs Racing

NASCAR notebook: Kenseth out at Joe Gibbs Racing

That was the weekend that concussion-like symptoms he first experienced in June at MI became so severe that Earnhardt was forced to step out of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the rest of the season.

"I'm not really anxious about it but as of today, I do not have a job for next year", Kenseth said, according to

"Matt is going to have a job", Earnhardt said. "It's kind of all up in the air, but everybody is walking around the garage, saying, hey did you hear?"

"The Jones kid is probably going to come in there and take that ride or there is some agreement beforehand possibly that that was what was going to happen", Earnhardt said.

Junior has never won a Cup race here at Kentucky Speedway, has struggled in his career, so you would have to imagine, a win on Saturday would be extra sweet.

"I was not feeling too good physically and, yeah, I've thought about that quite a bit just how big a difference it is from today compared to past year", he said.

Kenseth is trying to land a ride for a 19th consecutive season.

Joe Gibbs Racing has not scored a single Monster Energy NASCAR Cup victory with its four drivers.

After Kenseth, who has been with Joe Gibbs Racing since 2013, told reporters that he does "not think (he) will have the option to return to race at JGR next year, unfortunately", Busch was asked about the news on host Claire B. Lang's radio program. And Chris and I haven't had time to sit down yet and really [dive] into that. Jones doesn't know for what team he will drive for in 2018. "He is so good, so talented, that he'll be in a great vehicle with a great opportunity next year, no less than what he has this year".

Although Kenseth is still competitive, his current situation was brought about JGR wanting to bring Jones in-house after loaning him to Furniture Row Racing this season.

"I'm not really anxious about it", the 2003 champion said in that dry, humorless tone that often hides his delightful sense of humor. "I look at hopefully next year as really trying to go out and beat that guy that's contending for wins more and more each week". If the playoffs started today, Kenseth would have the last spot. "Then we switched to qualifying trim, and we were really fast". "I don't know why they couldn't move Matt over to (FRR) or whatever the plan is there. So I feel like we're getting closer to that, just have to get things go our way a little bit". But I feel we're definitely in the upswing.