We already knew that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to be racing in his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in 2017 back in the spring. What we didn’t know was that it appears that Matt Kenseth likely will be too. Just a few weeks ago, Kenseth called off his search for a full-time ride in NASCAR’s premiere series for 2018, saying that while it’s not retirement per say, it’s likely going to be his final year in Cup.
So, with that being said, Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (3 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN) will likely be the final Cup race for both drivers. It’s kind of fitting too, because both drivers entered the NASCAR XFINITY Series together in 1998 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with one another in 2000. Both were obviously with different teams, but both drivers have always had that special bond between them.
Now, both will be driving their original paint schemes this weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway too.
We already knew that Budweiser was doing a tribute to Earnhardt on his No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend. That paint scheme was revealed a few months ago. But, JGR has since scrambled and put together Kenseth’s iconic DeWalt paint scheme to don his No. 20 Toyota this week too. They’re throwing it back to 2000.
JGR announced on Tuesday the paint scheme that will be on Kenseth’s car as social media blew up with excitement. It’s never easy to see either driver walk away from the sport, but it’s also great to see them be able to walk away with their health intact too.
Also on Tuesday, Budweiser released an emotional video tribute to Earnhardt Jr. See the video below.
— BudweiserUSA (@budweiserusa) November 14, 2017