Edwards’ decision caught Kenseth by surprise – Nascar
Kenseth addressed the changing guard at Joe Gibbs Racing on Wednesday following a Goodyear tire test at Las Vegas.
“I didn’t find out until late Sunday night, and I was probably as shocked as anybody else was,” Kenseth said. “I guess the more I think about, probably the less surprised I am knowing some of the conversations we’ve had in the past. He’s a great teammate, and a great competitor.
“You hate to see him go, but on the other hand, it’s what he wants to do so I applaud him for doing it.”
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Edwards revealed in Wednesday’s press conference that Kenseth was his first competitor that he talked to about his decision.
Kenseth also added that he thought Daniel Suarez would do a fine job filling the seat, but that the two hadn’t spoken yet.
The veteran will turn 45 in March, and he’s coming off a two-win season and a near-trip to the Championship 4. As for his future? He’s not planning on leaving any time soon.
“I feel great,” Kenseth said. “I enjoy what I’m doing, I love the race team I drive for and all the people there. I’m looking forward to the start of the season.”
Denny Hamlin, a fellow JGR teammate, has tweeted out the following as well: