Kenseth replaces Larson in the no. 42

NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth will be replacing Kyle Larson when racing resumes for the 2020 season.

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April 28, 2020 - 10:20 AM

NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, left, and team owner Joe Gibbs talk in the garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on May 27, 2017. Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth will again come out of retirement to compete for Chip Ganassi Racing as the replacement for fired driver Kyle Larson.

Larson lost his job two weeks ago for using a racial slur while competing in a virtual race. Although Ganassi developement driver Ross Chastain was assumed to be the leading contender to replace Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet, the team instead announced Monday it will go with the two-time Daytona 500 winner.

“I think Matt gives us the best chance to win, run up front and compete for wins,” Ganassi told The Associated Press. “I’ve always gone with the mantra of trying to take the best driver available, and he’s the best driver available right now. And he brings something to our sponsors that they need right now. Stability. No baggage. Family man. Daytona 500 winner. Championship winner.”

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