Ross Chastain was considered one of the first favorites in the race, but CGR chose an experienced NCS driver from Matt Kenseth.
“I’ve always said that when we have to be a driver, I owe it to our team, our partners and our fans to put the best driver available in the car,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. . “We do exactly that with Matt. Throughout my stay in NASCAR, I have always admired the way Matt Kenseth ran. He has proven to be a consistent winner, a solid competitor and a respectful driver, and I am pleased that we can add another NASCAR champion to the team for the rest of the season. “
Kenseth, 48, has 39 Cup victories and 20 poles including two Daytona 500 trophies in 2009 and 2012. He also won the 2003 championship with Roush Fenway Racing. He raced for the last time in 2018, piloting No. 6 for the part-time RFR and finishing sixth in his last start on Homestead-Miami Speedway.
His last full-time lap came with Joe Gibbs Racing where he was a constant competitor, ranking seventh in the championship standings in 2017. It will be his first lap with an organization supported by Chevrolet after 665 starts in the 1998 Cup Series .
” It was an unexpected opportunity for sure. I can’t say that the race was even on my radar two weeks ago, “said Kenseth. After spending some time thinking about it and all of the unique circumstances around us right now, it seemed like the time and the time were right for coming back. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me to get to grips with in a relatively short period of time, but I look forward to the challenge.
“I am thrilled to be working with Kurt (Busch) again and meeting all of my new members of the CGR team, and I can’t wait to get back into a Chevrolet. In 1988, I started my career in a Camaro and I can’t wait to finally race a Chevy in the Cup Series. I also have to thank Chip and all of its partners for this opportunity. I hope we will be on the track soon. ”