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Joe Gibbs Racing to add Kenseth to its team next season

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Joe Gibbs Racing has apparently agreed to add Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth to its NASCAR racing team next year. ESPN says the long-speculated move will be confirmed next Tuesday at a news conference.

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Kenseth, of Cambridge, is expected to be announced as the new driver of Gibbs' Number-20 Home Depot car. He'll take the place of Joey Logano, who's a candidate to drive the Number-22 car for Penske Racing next year. Kenseth said earlier this year he would leave Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season. He's been with that group ever since he entered NASCAR's top circuit in 2000. Kenseth won the series' championship in 2003 - and he has won 22 Sprint Cup races, including a pair of Daytona-500's.

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Tony Stewart says he's glad that NASCAR did not fine him, after he threw his helmet at Matt Kenseth's car following a crash last Saturday night in Bristol Tennessee. Stewart wrecked his auto after making contact with Kenseth, the Wisconsin driver from Cambridge. And on his way to the medical center, Stewart waited for Kenseth to pass by on pit road - and Stewart then heaved his helmet at the front grill of Kenseth's car. At a promotional event in Charlotte yesterday, Stewart joked that his two-handed helmet toss was quote, "not bad for a 41-year-old who doesn't work out." He and Kenseth have not spoken since the incident. Kenseth said it was part of a lingering issue between the two, after incidents in June at Sonoma, California and last month in Indianapolis. Kenseth said Stewart refused to speak with him after the Indianapolis race. But Stewart said they exchanged texts, and they've raced each other long enough not to let anything harm their mutual respect. Kenseth dropped two places to fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after Saturday night's dust-up. Stewart is 10th.

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