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Kenseth hopes to stay involved with Roush, no plans to race full-time

RICHMOND, Va. – Former Cup champion Matt Kenseth won’t say that his driving career will end when he climbs from the car after the season finale at Homestead.

But he does say if he races again, it will be for one team only.

Kenseth’s tenure in the No. 6 car will end after this season by choice.

“We kind of knew ’19 was kind of a crapshoot, was kind of up in the air on what we wanted to do there,” Kenseth told NBC Sports before the drivers meeting Saturday at Richmond Raceway. “It’s been good for me. Time at home was really, really good. I’m really enjoying (wife) Katie and the kids and the ages they are and everything.

“There’s no way I could go full-time and do that at high level. I can’t do both at a high level. My priorities are just different than they were 15 years ago.”

Kenseth has four daughters age 9 and under.

Roush Fenway Racing announced Saturday that Ryan Newman will drive the No. 6 car next season.

“I still hope to be a part of Roush Fenway Racing, where it all started,” said Kenseth, who raced full-time in Cup for Roush from 2000-12 and scored 24 of his 39 career Cup wins there.

“I think it’s cool to end it there. I’m looking forward to still being a part of the company. You never know what’s going to pop up. Maybe something will pop up where you need to run a few races and there’s some opportunities.”

Asked if he’s looking for a ride for next year, Kenseth said: “No. If I drove anything it would be for Jack.”

— NBC Sports —