Bayne To Run Full Sprint Cup Schedule in 2015
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on May 24, 2014 | 9:34 A.M. EST
Trevor Bayne will run the full Sprint Cup schedule in 2015 for Roush Fenway Racing with AdvoCare as sponsor. (Photo: Getty Images)
CONCORD, N.C. - This much is known: Roush Fenway Racing will have Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. racing full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season after the team announced Saturday that Bayne will drive the No. 6 car with AdvoCare as sponsor.
What remains uncertain is the status of free agents Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle.
Car owner Jack Roush admits that how many Cup teams he’ll have next season is in “state of flux” and didn’t have anything else to add about the status of Edwards and Biffle on Saturday.
Although Roush Fenway Racing has two cars in the top 10 in points - Edwards is fifth with a win and Biffle is ninth - there are questions about how strong the organization can be if it loses Edwards and/or Biffle.
“We don’t focus a lot on the speculation,’’ said Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing. “We’re pretty comfortable with the unbelievable ownership group that we’ve got with Jack Roush, Roush Industry folks and the Boston Red Sox and John Henry and every one of them is committed to longevity and stability going forward.
“We view that every professional sports teams has ups and downs and they have changes in athletes and personnel, but the constant is you’re commitment to excellence and performance. we’re pretty comfortable with where we’re going in that.’’
Another question for the organization is if Richard Petty Motorsports leaves Ford, how that might impact Roush because it supplies RPM with chassis and technical information.
“I think it’s an important part of our program, but I don’t think it impacts our viability,’’ Newmark said. “We have a lot of respect for RPM and what they bring to the table. Our goal is to have RPM continue as a partner. We understand that they’ve got to make their own decision. If they come back, I think that would be fantastic, we’d continue to grow the relationship. If things go in a different direction, that’s just kind of the way sport works and won’t have any impact on what we’re doing next year.’’
With Bayne, Roush Fenway Racing continues its program of developing its own drivers through NASCAR’s lower series.
Bayne, fifth in the Nationwide point standings before Saturday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, has had an up-and-down career with Roush in the Nationwide Series.
Health issues caused him to miss five races in 2011. Lack of sponsorship kept him off the track except for six races in that series in 2012.
Bayne finished sixth in the points last year when he announced he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but had not shown any signs that would keep him out of the car.
“We’ve been through a lot of ups-and-downs, but (Roush) and his organization from day one has said our goal was to get to Sprint Cup,” Bayne said. “We always wondered when that day was going to be. There were times when it felt like things were moving really fast and times where we had to really bite down and be patient.’’
Bayne also has run select Cup races and will make his 51st career series start in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. He’ll start 14th for the Wood Brothers.
“You think about the history that we’ve had together over the last three, four years and it’s always hard to make changes, but this is such a great change and, really, just their support is really what made me almost want to tear up because they’re telling me how much they’re behind me and how much they’ve appreciated what we’ve done,’’ Bayne said of driving for the Wood Brothers, the team he won the Daytona 500 with in 2011..
Bayne’s move creates an opening with the Wood Brothers. Roush suggested the Wood Brothers ride could be made available to one of his Nationwide drivers, Chris Buescher or Ryan Reed, or any young Ford driver. Team Penske has Ryan Blaney in its development program. Blaney made his Cup debut earlier this month at Kansas Speedway.