Trevor Bayne will not be a part of the driver lineup for Roush Fenway Racing in 2019.
Bayne had already seen his number of races for 2018 slimmed down as Matt Kenseth has made starts in the No. 6 Ford Fusion for the team. Now owner Jack Roush has stated that Bayne will not be in the car for 2019 at all.
“We’re making a search,” Roush said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio when asked about the No. 6 car. “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 and it’s been announced that Trevor is not going to be in the car next year.
“Who it’s gonna be, who we’re talking to and how close we are in those negotiations, I’m not at privilege to say, not inclined to say based on the fact that we are negotiating.”
While Roush did not say who was in consideration he added that he wanted a driver who could “be fast and win.”
When asked about his 2019 plans in August Kenseth did not reveal much. While his 2003 Cup Series championship was Roush’s first he is not the only driver available. Ryan Newman has recently been rumored as a possible replacement for Bayne as well.