Emotions are running high at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and not just for the four drivers in the hunt for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 also will be the final Cup starts for Matt Kenseth and his buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kenseth was honored during the drivers meeting at Homestead, though most of the focus was on Earnhardt, so many members of the sport posted personalized messages honoring Kenseth on Twitter.
Ahead of Sunday’s title-deciding race, both Kenseth’s current and former teams honored the 2003 (Winston) Cup champion.
Given that Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, revealed in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that Kenseth’s teammates were sad to see him go, it’s unsurprising Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez all paid tribute to the legend.
At least the JGR drivers will have their teammate’s many hilariously awkward commercials to remember him by.
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