Kenseth Returns to Roush to Drive and Advise

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CHARLOTTE, NC – RIS – Roush Fenway Racing had a major press conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday to make a major announcement.  Of course, the news leaked out early.  Matt Kenseth will return to RFR in the No. 6 Ford in May.  He will share the ride with current driver Trevor Bayne as well as being an advisor.

Kenseth said that the "timing was right" for his return. 

“It’s a great feeling to return to where it all started for me in the Cup Series. There aren’t many people who have been more influential in my racing career than Jack Roush and Mark Martin. For them to believe in me today means almost as much as it did when they believed in me the first time, 20 years ago. I’m excited to get to the shop, get back to work, and help Roush Fenway return to prominence in the NASCAR Cup Series."

Bayne is still looking for his first victory while driving for RFR with two third-place finishes being his best result since a dramatic upset win in the 2011 Daytona 500 -- then driving for the Wood Brothers. He currently sits 26th in the championship standings after nine races with no finish higher than 12th and seven of 20th or worse.

Kenseth's first race will be at Kansas Speedway on May 12th, a track where he won at in both 2012 and 2013. He will also compete in next month's All-Star Race. Beyond that, Wyndham Resorts was revealed as the newest RFR partner and will back the No. 6 car.

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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