Matt Kenseth gets up to speed quickly with Joe Gibbs Racing

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LOUDON, N.H. — Free agency is nothing new in NASCAR.

Hall of Famers Rusty Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, and Bobby Allison all switched teams mid-career. Nearly 20 drivers moved in the last five years alone.

“Truth is, the rarities are Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson going through careers and never seeing anybody else,” said ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett, who switched teams several times in his 24-year career.

But in the constant game of musical chairs, Jarrett said one driver stands out.

“There’s something about Matt Kenseth,” Jarrett said. “Nobody who changed teams has been this successful this quickly.”

At 41, Kenseth is experiencing a renaissance with Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Things are just going really well,’’ Kenseth said. “Maybe a bit better than expected right now.”

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