Matt Kenseth leaving Roush Racing

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 22, 2012 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 22, 2012 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Matt Kenseth is leaving Roush-Fenway Racing at the end of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Fellow Roush driver and defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will take over the No. 17 Ford Kenseth now races.

“Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has more than proved his abilities on the race track,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “We feel that he is not only a key piece of our team’s future, but a key piece of the future of the sport. Roush Fenway is an organization with a wonderful past and present, as well as an extremely promising future, and I can’t think of a better candidate than Ricky to usher in the next era of success for the team.”

The 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion has spent the last 13 seasons with Roush, 12 of those fulltime in the Sprint Cup Series. MORE>>>

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