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NASCAR Cup: Trevor Bayne out at Roush Fenway Racing at season’s end

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 10: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #6 AdvoCare Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush revealed on the Dialed In show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday that Trevor Bayne would not be driver of the No. 6 RFR Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series beyond the 2018 season.

“We’re making a search,” Roush said. “We’re in negotiations with drivers right now that would drive the 6 car next year. I think the decision’s been made. I don’t want to be breaking the story here, but I think the decision’s been made. Trevor is not going to be in the car next year. Who we’re talking to and how close we are in those negotiations, I’m not inclined to say.”

Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500 winner with Wood Brothers Racing has been with RFR’s No. 6 team since 2015, his first season of full-time competition in the series. He began 2018 as the full-time driver of the car, but in May, Roush rehired 2003 champion Matt Kenseth to share driving duties of the No. 6 in an effort to improve performance.

“It feels like this is the right deal at the right time,” Kenseth said during a press conference earlier this year, announcing his latest hiring by Roush. “It’s an interesting challenge for me not just as a driver. I hope I can be much more to the organization.”

Kenseth began his Cup Series career at Roush Fenway, but he was released in favor of Erik Jones by Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the 2017 season.

Roush is remaining mum on whether or not Kenseth will drive the car either full-time or part-time next season.

Bayne has 124 Cup Series starts with RFR, resulting in four top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes. He has driven the No. 6 in 16 of the 26 races, so far, this season, with a best finish of 11th at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway last month.

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