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Kenseth’s Departure Could Hurt JGR In The Long Run

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Joe Gibbs Racing has had a hard enough time trying to get to victory lane this season regardless of Kyle Busch’s efforts. While at the same time trying to end the team’s 28 race winless streak, they must now deal with one less veteran after 2017. To end the speculation that started in Kentucky, Matt Kenseth decided not to return to JGR while at the same time fights a very dismal season behind the wheel. Even being 11th in points, Kenseth has been on a huge winless streak himself (35 races).

To where Carl Edwards almost brought JGR their second straight Monster Energy title last season, walking away from the sport suddenly may have had some impact. While rookie Daniel Suarez continues to learn the ropes of the top league, Kenseth had been trying to find something to help the team get back on the winning track. Only six top tens and finishes of 11th or worst in five of the last six could be a possible sign that his skills are starting to wane. While he continues to drive out his contract, it is said that Erik Jones may take over in 2018.

As to where Kenseth may head, there has been speculation of either replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr at Hendrick, possibly Danica Patrick at Stewart-Haas or just retire altogether. There isn’t any doubt he has some driving left in him if he is keeping hopes alive in the playoffs, but after his contract runs out how would Kyle and Denny Hamlin perform in 2018? Even if Kyle continues his usual run and wins again, the depth of veterans could begin to be costly from the start.

While Chip Ganassi keeps their contracts sealed, there had been speculation that this could be Kyle Larson’s last season with the team unless something comes out. Even if Danica leaves, there is huge doubt she will return to NASCAR while at the same time even Kasey Kahne’s future with Hendrick is up in the air. Long story short, go with a veteran, a rising start or a sophomore. Because it is beginning to look like a rebuild within JGR and not even Kyle Busch himself can win his way out of this one.

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