It’s Official: Matt Kenseth Returns to NASCAR, Roush Fenway Racing

As Roush Fenway Racing continues a query to finish a struggles and get behind to a excellence days, a competition group has incited to one of a former drivers, Matt Kenseth. After published reports violation a news of a understanding between group and drivers, Roush Fenway done an central proclamation during a NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, fixing Kenseth as a part-time motorist of a No. 6 Ford in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for a residue of a 2018 season. He’ll share a chair with Trevor Bayne.

“We are unequivocally gratified to acquire Matt behind to Roush Fenway,” group owners Jack Roush pronounced during a press conference. “Matt is one of a guys who unequivocally put us on a map of a racing landscape. He’s one of a many gifted drivers to ever lay inside a competition car, and his will to win, drive, and integrity have always embodied what we essay for as an organization.”

Kenseth’s initial competition in a automobile will be a May 12 competition during Kansas Speedway. A specific motorist report for a No. 6 over a Kansas competition has not nonetheless been set.

Kenseth final competed in NASCAR’s premier array in a 2017 deteriorate culmination during Homestead-Miami Speedway, a week after winning during Phoenix. He gathering a No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing between 2013 and final deteriorate before being forced out to make room for a incoming Erik Jones.

Kenseth gathering a No. 17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing by many of his premier-series career, pushing a automobile for 5 races in 1999 in credentials to go full-time in 2000. He afterwards gathering a No. 17 by a 2012 season. During that time, he garnered accolades including a 2000 Rookie of a Year and a 2003 array championship. He also claimed 24 of his 39-career top-series wins during his time with RFR.

“It’s a good feeling to lapse to where it all started for me in a Cup Series,” Kenseth said. “There aren’t many people who have been some-more successful in my racing career than Jack Roush and Mark Martin. For them to trust in me currently means roughly as most as it did when they believed in me a initial time, 20 years ago. I’m vehement to get to a shop, get behind to work, and assistance Roush Fenway lapse to inflection in a NASCAR Cup Series.”

Bayne has been a full-time motorist of a automobile adult to this indicate in 2018 by 9 races. He’ll also be in a automobile for Sunday’s competition during Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and May 6 during Dover International Speedway. Bayne has been a solitary motorist of a No. 6 given 2015 though has struggled. He has one career win in a 2011 Daytona 500 while competing part-time for Wood Brothers Racing, though in 117 races behind a circle of a No. 6 for Roush Fenway Racing, Baynes has usually 4 top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes.

The final few years have been a onslaught for Roush Fenway Racing, overall. After a 2016 season, a group that once fielded adult to 5 entries in NASCAR’s tip array scaled behind to dual cars, a No. 6 and a No. 17 driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse won dual races final year during Talladega and Daytona, though those were a initial dual top-series wins for RFR given Carl Edwards won during Bristol and Sonoma in 2014. Edwards followed Kenseth to Joe Gibbs Racing after that season.

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