Trevor Bayne will be full-time in the Sprint Cup Series for the first time in his career next season.
The 2011 Daytona 500 champion will drive the No. 6 for Roush Fenway Racing next season with sponsorship from AdvoCare. Bayne is currently sponsored by AdvoCare in the Nationwide Series, where he also drives the No. 6.
“I’m both excited and humbled to be a part of bringing the No. 6 back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” Bayne said in a statement. “And to be able to make that move with AdvoCare makes it that much more special. They are a true partner that aligns with my foundation and core values in every way. I know the history of the No. 6 and what it means to Jack (Roush) and the entire Roush Fenway organization and our goal is to continue to add to its rich legacy in the sport.”
Does the announcement mean Roush will be a four-car team in 2015? Not necessarily.
“Our plans for 2015 are still in a state of flux,” team co-owner Jack Roush said Saturday. “The fact that we’ve taken the 6 car number (back to Cup) indicates we have our plans open for a fourth car. … I have nothing to announce (on Edwards and Biffle) at this time.
“We’re still in a state of flux on that and we’ll let you know when we have something more definite.”
The contracts of Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle expire at the end of the season. At the minimum, Roush has two drivers lined up for next season with Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The number will increase if Biffle and/or Edwards stay aboard or the team finds replacements if one or both leave.
Biffle has made it clear he wants to stay at Roush while Edwards hasn't commented on his contract negotiations. If Edwards leaves, a fourth car at Joe Gibbs Racing is viewed as his most likely destination.
Bayne's Daytona win came in his second Cup Series start while driving for the Wood Brothers. He's driven part-time for the team since while driving full-time in the Nationwide Series for Roush.
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