Matt Kenseth finishes 10th in first NASCAR race since 2018

Matt Kenseth (42) drives during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

DARLINGTON, S.C. (WMTV) -- While fans were relieved to see NASCAR return for the first time since March 13, Cambridge native, Matt Kenseth amazed all those in the racing world by finishing 10th in his first NASCAR race since 2018.

Kenseth retired in 2018 but the 48-year-old joined Chip Ganassi Racing after CGR fired Kyle Larson for using a racial slur while competing in an iRacing event.

Kenseth hung around the top-15 spots for the most of the race and even reached as high as nine before "settling" for 10.

The 2003 Cup champion received praise from Saturday's winner in Darlington when Kevin Harvick shared his opinon on Kenseth's 2018 retirement.