Matt Kenseth says he’s not a candidate to replace Danica Patrick

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Matt Kenseth was blunt when he said you won’t see him replacing Danica Patrick next year at Stewart-Haas Racing.

“It’s not me. I can tell you that, it’s not me,” Kenseth said Wednesday during the playoff media day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Patrick announced Tuesday she would not be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018 after five full-time seasons driving the No. 10 car.

Kenseth is entering his final 10 races driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, which he’s more focused on than what comes after the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“The next 10 weeks we’ll have enough problems to worry about without worrying about anything four months from now,”Kenseth said. “So, I don’t have anything for you there.”

Kenseth is entering the playoffs as one of three contenders without a win.

“We’ve got a good opportunity here still,” Kenseth said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in 2018, but there’s a lot to worry about in 2017 with 10 races go and being in the playoffs.”

Would the 45-year-0ld driver be content with this being his final year in the Cup Series?

“I didn’t say that either,” Kenseth said. “I’ve said all along I’ve done things I would never have dreamed I would have a chance to do. I never thought I had a chance to race in the Cup Series full-time before.”