Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Will Replace Matt Kenseth for Roush Fenway Racing

Matt Kenseth 2012 Sponsors

Matt Kenseth is leaving Roush Fenway Racing after driving for 15 seasons since 1998 with the team.

Matt Kenseth who is the 2003 Cup Champion and who leads the 2012 standings has been racing without a sponsorship. Owner, Jack Roush has been footing the bill with some help from Ford for the 40-year old driver.

Ford Racing director Jamie Allison said in a statement about Matt Kenseth leaving Ford racing, “All of us at Ford are certainly disappointed to hear that Matt will be leaving, and he will be certainly missed by us and the Ford Racing fans. We are thankful for Matt’s winning efforts and championship-caliber success with the Roush and Ford racing programs, both on and off the track”

It’s been rumored that Matt Kenseth will be headed over to Joe Gibbs racing, in Joey Lagano’s No. 20 Toyota, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Stewart-Haas Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing also have been in the rumors of adding another car to their team, but additional sponsorship will be needed.

Jack Roush said Tuesday in a statement, “Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has more than proved his abilities on the race track. We feel that he is not only a key piece of our team’s future, but a key piece of the future of the sport.  Roush Fenway is an organization with a wonderful past and present, as well as an extremely promising future, and I can’t think of a better candidate than Ricky to usher in the next era of success for the team.”

“Of course, I’d like to thank Matt Kenseth for his many years of loyal service. Matt has been an integral part of this organization for well over a decade, and we are extremely appreciative of his accomplishments and contributions to the team and will always consider him a part of the Roush Fenway family.”

“We’re fortunate that we were able to tap into Matt’s potential and bring him on board many years ago, and I’m proud that together we were able to combine the tools and the resources of Roush Fenway with his talent and determination to forge a partnership that yielded a championship at the Cup level. The No. 17 is positioned extremely well this season, and I’m committed to providing the team the best resources to continue their run for the 2012 championship. I have no doubt that Matt will do his part.”

Matt Kenseth leaving Roush Fenway Racing

Daytona 500 winner and current Sprint Cup Series points leader Matt Kenseth will leave the No. 17 Ford at the end of the racing season the team announced Tuesday.

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