Kenseth expected to return to Roush Fenway Racing in 2018
By Spencer Hill
April 24, 2018
The 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Matt Kenseth, is expected to make a return to NASCAR, driving the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford Fusion on a part-time basis for the remainder of the 2018 season, according to multiple sources with SB Nation’s Jordan Bianchi.
Kenseth will share the ride with current driver, Trevor Bayne, who will step aside to a part-time role with the team competing in the races in which Kenseth is vacant from the seat.
According to Bianchi of SB Nation, a press conference by Roush Fenway Racing and Kenseth is expected to occur Wednesday regarding the news. It is also expected for Kenseth to be behind the wheel as soon as the Kansas 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 12.
At 27 years old, Bayne has competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2010 with one career win coming with Wood Brothers Racing in the 2011 Daytona 500.
In 2015, Bayne made the move to Roush Fenway Racing and has since recorded just four top-five finishes with a frustrating amount of DNFs recorded.
Kenseth, 46, began his career with Roush Fenway Racing, driving full-time for the team beginning in 2000 and would record one championship, 24 wins, and eight poles before moving to the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 car in the 2013 season.
There, he recorded 15 additional victories and 12 more poles to his resume before stepping away from the sport at the conclusion of last season to make way for current Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Erik Jones.
When asked about retirement, Kenseth stated that he would not use the word ‘retire’ and instead commented that if the right opportunity arose, fans could see him back behind the wheel in NASCAR’s premier division.