Jones to re­place Kenseth

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Matt Kenseth is out at Joe Gibbs Rac­ing, which will re­place the old­est full­time driver in NASCAR’s top se­ries with ris­ing star Erik Jones next sea­son. Kenseth is 45. Jones turned 21 in May. The Jones pro­mo­tion is part of a chang­ing of the guard in NASCAR, which is see­ing mid­dle-aged driv­ers be­ing re­placed by fu­ture stars. Kenseth is a stal­wart in the se­ries and a star for Toy­ota, which part­nered with Kenseth when he joined Gibbs in 2013. He is 11th in the stand­ings and in his 18th Cup sea­son. He said last week­end there was no op­por­tu­nity for him to re­turn to Gibbs. Jones is a Gibbs de­vel­op­ment driver and on a one-year loan to Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing. He’s 14th in the Cup stand­ings.

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