SBNATION– Matt Kenseth is returning to the NASCAR Cup Series to drive Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 car in select races this season, multiple sources told SB Nation.
Kenseth will share the No. 6 Ford for the remainder of the 2018 season with Trevor Bayne, who has driven the car on a full-time basis since 2015 but will now move to part-time status. Roush Fenway will announce the news at a press conference scheduled for Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
Kenseth’s first race with Roush Fenway is expected to be May 12 at Kansas Speedway.
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Perhaps SB Nation will rethink letting Jordan Bianchi go because he just broke the biggest story of the NASCAR season this side of restrictor plates at the All-Star Race.
Matt Kenseth is getting back in a NASCAR Cup Series car and he’s doing it with his old team. That’s right Roush Fenway Racing has secured the services of the driver that gave them their first Cup Series Championship back in 2003. Kenseth gave Roush 24 wins as well before he departed following the 2012 season for the much greener pastures of Joe Gibbs Racing.
Currently, Trevor Bayne occupies the #6 car for RFR. As we previously mentioned in the speculation blog, Bayne does have MS and hopefully, that isn’t the cause of this change but it is something to keep in mind. Bayne has a best finish of 12th at Texas this year, the rest of his results are in the 20’s or lower outside of the Daytona 500. A change had to be made at some point and Roush has pulled the trigger on it.
Making a change mid-season is never easy, it hardly pays off but RFR got the right guy for the job. Kenseth can help the #6 team identify their weaknesses and figure out what they are doing wrong. Kenseth is methodical, he’s quick and he knows what these cars need especially coming from Joe Gibbs Racing just last season. He isn’t a miracle worker so tamper expectations but he should give the #6 car a better run than it has had the last few seasons.
It’ll be interesting to hear the reasoning behind the move on Wednesday but for now, Matt Kenseth is coming back to the Cup series and he’s throwing it back in the process. Kenseth is back in the All-Star Race too and Kansas just became a must watch.
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