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Is Mark Martin playing role in Roush, Kenseth reunion?

during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP Gas Booster 500 on April 6, 2013 at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Matt Kenseth’s return to NASCAR racing, courtesy of his former NASCAR boss, Jack Roush. In case you haven’t heard, reports have Kenseth sharing the seat in the No. 6 RFR Ford with Trevor Bayne for the remainder of the season. Those reports have Kenseth making his season debut May 12 at Kansas Speedway. Of course, Roush hasn’t made an official announcement, but that team has a “major announcement” scheduled for Wednesday morning. The announcement of Kenseth’s hiring would definitely be major.

What I’m wondering, though, is how does Mark Martin, another Roush Fenway Racing alum, factor into this, if at all? Why do I think Martin factors into this whole deal? A somewhat cryptic tweet from Martin (@MarkMartin) on Monday night, about the time of the news of Kenseth to RFR breaking.

“Got some big news coming this week. . . . Click your heels three times. . . . There’s no place like. . . .,” Martin tweeted.

Was Martin just teasing Kenseth’s news, or does Martin have some “big” news of his own? I’m thinking if Martin has some of his own news, said news is related to the Kenseth, Roush Fenway Racing deal. After all, he hinted his news around the same time and the news of the Kenseth and Roush deal. Also, the “There’s no place like home” Wizard of OZ-esque Kansas reference has me intrigued. Remember, Kenseth’s, reported, season start with Roush is supposed to be coming at Kansas.

Things that make you go ‘hhhmmmmm.” Cue that 1990s C+C Music Factory music.

Maybe this Martin thing is a false alarm. Maybe Martin’s big news announcement isn’t referring to himself. Maybe he’s just excited for the reunion of his former boss and a former teammate.

Whatever Martin’s involvement, if any, I guess Kenseth got past whatever made leaving Roush Fenway Racing for Joe Gibbs Racing an easy decision, and Roush got past Kenseth leaving him for the “dark side” of Toyota at the end of the 2012 season. Maybe Kenseth’s return is a matter of a jilted driver returning home after being rejected for a newer model, Erik Jones, by Joe Gibbs. I don’t know. Still, its an amusing situation to ponder.

What if the reports are wrong? What if Roush is bring back one of his former drivers but not Kenseth or Martin? What if he introduces Carl Edwards as the co-driver of the No. 6, even though he followed Kenseth to that “dark side?”

Just kidding. I don’t see that happening.

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