Matt Kenseth admitted Friday that his five-year tenure at Joe Gibbs Racing is likely over after this season. He is winless this year and 11th in the Cup standings, teetering on the brink of a playoff berth.
Kenseth disclosed in a Friday morning press conference at Kentucky that he didn't expect to return to JGR in 2018.
Jones, 21, said Thursday also at Kentucky he hadn't been told yet what vehicle he'd drive next year but expected to learn soon. "What's new? There's like a handful of guys in the garage that seem to know everything first, but and it's not just the Cup garage, they're in the Xfinity garage too", he said. "For the most part, for me - I don't know where I'm going to be yet".
"I don't know all the specifics and I don't know exactly what's going on", said Busch.
The 21-year-old Jones has no reason not to be happy at Furniture Row. Hopefully I know soon. But I feel we're definitely in the upswing. The speculation is that Kenseth would be replacing Dale Earnhardt, Jr in the No. 88 at Hendrick Motorsports as a placeholder for William Byron in 2019. Hendrick team owner Rick Hendrick said Saturday that he had no timetable to make a decision and was not feeling pressure to name a replacement soon. "I'm really trying to get back to Victory Lane, hopefully get qualified for the playoffs here and have a shot at a championship is pretty much my focus at this point". "At this point, I don't have anything going on next year and am trying to get focused on running better and winning races".
"Matt will get a job". I'm not really anxious about it. "He's so good and so talented that he will be in a great vehicle with a great opportunity next year, no less than what he has this year". He is in his fifth season driving for Gibbs. "I can't say that's the fact, but ... You start racing this year you kind of forget about last year, and I think we all do. we kind of forget about everything that happened and little dates like this will bring those memories back and remind you to be thankful and fortunate". I think I've got some wins left in me and hopefully can race for championships. "I certainly wish that we didn't have the cap of four (full-time cars per team) and that we could grow and be a bigger company than what we are right now". He spent his first 13 full-time Cup seasons at Roush Fenway Racing (initially Roush Racing), for which he was rookie of the year in 2000 and won 24 races, including the 2009 and 2012 Daytona 500s.