CONCORD, N.C. – official release — Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America photo — Trevor Bayne will make his Roush Fenway Racing Sprint Cup debut this weekend at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion.
This marks the first time that a No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford will start a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race since the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bayne will take the wheel of the No. 6 Ford Fusion full time in 2015.
“I am very excited to be behind the wheel of the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion this weekend,” said Bayne. “The No. 6 is such a legendary number to both the sport and this company. To be able to say that I am one of a handful of drivers to race this number in the Cup series is a huge honor. I can’t wait to get to Charlotte.”
Bayne is not locked into the field for Saturday’s race and must qualify his No. 6 AdvoCare Ford based on time during Thursday night’s three-round qualifying session.
If Bayne makes the race on speed, he will become just the fourth driver to start the No. 6 in the NSCS for team owner Jack Roush, joining former Roush Fenway drivers Mark Martin and David Ragan, as well as current Roush Fenway teammate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
This will not be the first NSCS start for Bayne at the 1.5-Mile Charlotte oval. He has previously made five career starts at the Carolina track for the famed Wood Brothers and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, earning a best finish of 16th, with an average starting position of 16.4 – his second best of all tracks he has competed on in the NSCS. In his career, Bayne has started 55 NSCS races, earning a victory in the 2011 Daytona 500.
This weekend also marks the return of 18-time NSCS race-winning crew chief Bob Osborne, who will be atop the pit box for the AdvoCare team at Charlotte.