Kenseth could replace Jones at Furniture Row, and his name also has been mentioned as a possible driver to replace the retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick Motorsports.
Earnhardt, too, was asked Friday about the prospect of Kenseth racing next year, to which he replied, "Matt's going to have a job". "You know, I've probably already said too much about what I'm not doing next year, and I don't have anything to talk about for what I am doing".
He said Furniture Row has figured out the math that could get him to make up enough points to possibly battle for a playoff spot on points. I don't know why they couldn't move Matt over to the 77 (Jones' ride this season) or whatever the plan is there.
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"I was not feeling too good physically and, yeah, I've thought about that quite a bit just how big a difference it is from today compared to a year ago", he said. He's winless for the season to this point, and 11th-place in the driver point standings. He has won 14 races for Gibbs since arriving in 2013, including seven that first season. "He's so good and so talented that he'll be a in great auto with a great opportunity next year, no less than what he has this year". "At this point, I don't have anything going on next year and am trying to get focused on running better and winning races".
"It's been a slow start", Kenseth said. He instead acknowledged Kenseth was squeezed out by the numbers game at JGR, where the team only has four teams but five capable drivers. When Jones was signed on at Furniture Row Racing for 2017, Joe Gibbs was adamant that the deal with Jones and Barney Visser was for one year only. I think he's going to come to North Carolina for a little bit so hopefully we have time to really go through it and figure out exactly what needs to be done.
The landscape of JGR has changed over the past two years. We've had one or two where I thought we were competitive enough if under the right circumstances - you know without mistakes or problems - maybe I could have won. "It reminds you about how much we had to overcome and how much rehab went into trying to get healthy".
Jones sits 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings and 59 points out of the current playoffs cutoff with nine races left in the regular season heading into the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.
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