Trevor Bayne to drive full time in Cup in 2015

CONCORD, N.C. -- Roush Fenway Racing announced Saturday morning that it was promoting 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne to a full-time ride in stock-car racing's top division for the 2015 season.

Bayne will drive the No. 6 car next season, which was last driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in October of 2012 at Charlotte. Mark Martin first drove the No. 6 car for Roush in 1988 and did so through the 2006 season. David Ragan then drove the No. 6 car for Roush from 2007 to 2011.

Bayne currently drives full-time for team owner Jack Roush's NASCAR Nationwide Series team and part-time on the Sprint Cup side for the Wood Brothers single-car operation, which has a technical alliance with Roush Fenway.

AdvoCare will serve as a full-time sponsor for the No. 6 car. AdvoCare currently sponsors Bayne in the Nationwide Series.

During the announcement at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday morning, Bayne said, "This is obviously the biggest news I've ever had in my life."

Bayne, 23, has 50 career Sprint Cup starts and two Nationwide victories. He currently ranks fifth in the Nationwide standings.

"To have Trevor and AdvoCare back in the No. 6 car is gonna be great," co-owner Jack Roush said during the announcement.

Roush first took root in NASCAR with a single-car team for driver Martin in 1988.

Adding Bayne that does not mean the team is planning to go to four cars for 2015. Roush said that the "plans for 2015 are still in a state of flux."

Currently, the Roush Fenway drivers in the Cup Series are Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards and second-year driver Stenhouse Jr.

Edwards has virtually clinched a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs with a victory in March atBristol Motor Speedway, but Roush Fenway has just five top-five finishes in a combined 33 Sprint Cup starts this season. Edwards and Biffle are in the final year of their contracts. Longtime Roush engineer Chip Bolin was reported to have left the organization in mid-May.

Bayne joined Roush Fenway in October 2010 after a Nationwide Series tenure with Michael Waltrip Racing. The following February at Daytona, Bayne won NASCAR's most prestigious race in just his second Sprint Cup start, driving the Woods' famed No. 21 Ford.

Bayne's 50 Cup races have all come with the Wood Brothers. Following the Roush announcement, Wood Brothers Racing released a statement.

"Trevor Bayne will always be a part of our family. And we will always share that great Daytona 500 moment together. It's something that will always be so special for all of us," said Eddie Wood, co-owner, Wood Brothers Racing. "We will always be Trevor Bayne fans, so we are happy he is getting his shot to race for the Sprint Cup Championship. We are going to do everything in our power to get him to victory lane one more time in the #21 Fusion."


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