Matt Kenseth doesn’t race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series much anymore, or at least he hasn’t in recent years, but when he was announced as Joey Logano’s replacement behind the wheel of the No. 20 Sprint Cup Series entry of Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth said that he’d like to run a few more Nationwide events.
Apparently, JGR took him at his word and signed him up for at least five NNS races in 2013. According to a press release sent out by Joe Gibbs Racing on Tuesday, the 2003 Sprint (then-Winston) Cup champion will drive the No. 18 Toyota in five Nationwide races for new team sponsor, Reser’s Fine Foods.
“It’s good to be back in the Nationwide Series,” Kenseth said. “Although, I know it won’t be easy for me with so much great talent in the series, I’m hoping I can deliver some fun times with a few wins on the track.”
Kenseth last competed in the Nationwide Series in 2011, running a single race. It just so happens that he won that race — the May event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kenseth has a total of 248 starts at the Nationwide Series, with his last full-time season being the 1999 campaign. He has to his credit 26 wins, 118 top-fives and 168 top-10 finishes.
Kenseth’s first Nationwide race of the year will be the second race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule — March 2 at Phoenix International Raceway. Below, is a list of the Nationwide races Kenseth has committed to run:
March 2 — Phoenix International Raceway
April 12 — Texas Motor Speedway
May 25 — Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sept. 6 — Richmond International Raceway
Oct. 5 — Kansas Speedway
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