Matt Kenseth is expected to return to NASCAR to drive Roush Frenway Racing’s 6 car. Multiple sources informed SB Nation that is he only expected to race in a select number of races this season.
Veteran driver Kenseth will apparently share the No. 6 Ford with Trevor Bayne for the remainder of the season. Bayne will be forced to share his car as the part-time driving for the first time since being given the opportunity to drive it full-time in 2015. The news comes as a bit of a surprising for the young up-and-comer as he gained his fame in 2011 as the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 at only 20 years old. Although Rousch is surely happy to reclaim and experienced driver, it can’t be welcoming news for Bayne who is losing his full-time position.
Kenseth began his cup series with Rousch as a full-time driver from 2001-2012 before leaving to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013. After taking a few sponsorship losses in 2017, Kenseth was replaced by the 21-year-old Erik Jones. Jones’ has shown exponential potential in the young racing atmosphere that is crucial today to maintain sponsors. Kenseth then chose to take some time off from racing but mentioned his interest to return.
Matt Kenseth is truly a colored veteran in the racing field with two Daytona 500 wins and 39 combined wins, making him the third most winningest driver currently on the track. It is a huge pick up for Roush Fenway Racing but an interesting move for sure. Rather than transitioning the veteran driving out with a young new full-timer, Rousch is showing little faith in their young gun. The relationship between Rousch and Bayne may become rocky and they surely can’t put all their eggs in the 46-year-old driver.
Kenseth’s first race with Roush Fenway is expected to be May 12 at Kansas Speedway. Rousch is expected to announce their decision at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.