Later today Joe Gibbs Racing has called a press conference for what we expect to announce that Matt Kenseth will be joining the team starting next year.
Since late June, when the 2003 champion announced that he’d be leaving Roush Fenway Racing, there had been speculation where the 40-year old would land.
And the worst-kept secret this year should be confirmed.
Although Kenseth had made the Chase every year, except for one year, since its’ inception; he may have had the perception that he was the number two driver on Roush Fenway after Carl Edwards. And Kenseth had also won two Daytona 500 races in that span.
|Matt Kenseth fighting with Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona. (Photo: NASCAR)
One of the questions expected to be addressed; at the press conference is where he stands in team ranks against Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Hamlin is the hottest driver on the Sprint Cup circuit at the moment and a legitimate contender for the coveted Cup Championship.
Another topic of the press conference will likely be the future of Joey Logano. In his fourth full year at the Cup level the 22-year old has had only two victories, although he has 15 wins in the Nationwide Series. It’s been no secret that JGR has had trouble finding sponsorship for Logano in the Cup Series next year.
And, lastly Elliott Sadler, the current point’s leader in the Nationwide Series told the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway that he does not have a contract for next year at Richard Childress Racing. That leads to speculation that he will become a Nationwide driver over at JGR.