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Bayne To Drive The RFR No. 6 Ford

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, May 24 2014

Trevor Bayne has been tabbed to drive the historic No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Trevor Bayne will move to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing fulltime in 2015, driving the No. 6 Ford fielded by Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush announced Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Advocare, who is sponsoring Bayne in the Nationwide Series this year, will move to the Sprint Cup level with the Knoxville, Tenn., native and be the primary sponsor for the entire season.

“This is obviously the biggest news I’ve ever had in my life,” Bayne said. “Although we’ve had some big news before, this takes the cake.”

The Wood Brothers, for whom Bayne has been driving, have not yet named Bayne’s replacement. Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 driving the iconic No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.

The No. 6 was Roush’s first NASCAR entry with Mark Martin and it served as the flagship team for the organization during its first 20 years. Roush and Martin produced 35 victories with the No. 6 and Roush said it had always been the organization’s objective to return it to the track.

“This is a great day for me,” Roush said. “I remember when I started with Mark Martin in 1988 and NASCAR gave us the No. 6. Of course, we had trials and tribulations, we were up-and-down that year and actually won our first race in 1989. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it, but as we’ve gone through the years – 26 years this fall – this No. 6 DNA has worked its way throughout the organization. It’s been really great to think about getting the No. 6 back on the track. I remember how sad I was at the end of our 18th year together when Mark decided he was gonna retire and, of course, I talked him out of it for another year and put it off so we got 19 full years out of him. But to have Trevor and AdvoCare back in the No. 6 car is just gonna be great.”

Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark said negotiations with free agents Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards were still in flux, but the organization would like to be a four-car operation in 2015.

(This story will be updated shortly)

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, May 24 2014
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