Matt Kenseth finishes in top-10 in first race out of retirement

DARLINGTON, S.C. — In his first race back as the replacement for Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth made his return to the NASCAR circuit Sunday afternoon at the Darlington 400 and finished in the top-10, placing at No. 10.

The Cambridge, Wisconsin, native, has been racing since 1998 and retired in 2017, but returned Sunday (and for a series of races in 2018) in the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Kenseth will fill in that position for the rest of the season after Larson was fired for using a racial slur at an iRacing event last month. NASCAR also granted Kenseth a waiver for eligibility in this year’s playoffs.

Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s race in front of no fans as NASCAR attempts to return to racing amid the coronavirus pandemic.