during practice for the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

NASCAR racing champion seems to recognize his career is over

Matt Kenseth has gone from hoping for a ride to seemingly being resigned to not having one.

Kenseth, who's contract with Joe Gibbs racing wasn't renewed, has said all along that he's focused on finishing strong in 2017 and then finding a ride in 2018. But now, he's also saying this, as per SB Nation:

"I don't really have anything to be unhappy about. My life couldn't be much better. I've never really been in a better place. I don't think I've ever been happier. There's more to life than racing."

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That is very true. There is more to life. But the 45-year-old Kenseth -- a veteran of 639 Cup Series races and 38 wins over the last 20 years -- thinks  he has more to give.

But with sponsorship lagging, there are several veteran drivers without rides, and just a smattering of cars available.

What do you think will happen with Kenseth?

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