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After a five month hiatus from NASCAR, Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing have announced a deal for him to return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. The current plan will be to split time with fellow Roush Fenway driver Trevor Bayne for the remainder of the season.
In a ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kenseth was reintroduced to the team by long time teammate, Mark Martin. The team announced his return will start at the May 12th race at Kansas Speedway, and that Kenseth will race in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 19th. This would be followed up by the unveiling of Kenseth’s new car, the number six Wyndham Rewards Ford Fusion.
Kenseth had previously raced with Roush Fenway Racing from 1999 to 2012, driving the number 17 car. He’d amass 24 wins, two of which were at the Daytona 500, and a championship in NASCAR’s highest series.
The past five seasons, Kenseth raced with Joe Gibbs racing, driving the number 20 Toyota. He would earn 15 wins, including his last win at the ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona before seemingly retiring after the 2017 season.