Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #16 CitiFinancial Ford, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Matt Kenseth has kept his name out of the rumor mill for most of his NASCAR career. When it finally popped up, it was a bombshell: The Sprint Cup Series points leader was planning his departure from Roush Fenway Racing. Kenseth is now explaining part of his decision to leave Roush. He has a new deal in place with a new team, but said he is not ready to announce where he will be in 2013. All signs point to Joe Gibbs Racing, one of the few teams that would not be considered a step down for the 2003 Cup champion. Kenseth says the deal came together quickly over the last few weeks, and telling owner Jack Roush he was leaving was one of the hardest conversations of his life.
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