Trevor Bayne could have an opportunity next year to have another run for the Nationwide Championship.
It was announced by Roush Fenway Racing that current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and points leader Matt Kenseth will be leaving the organization at the end of the 2012 season. The No.17 car will be driven by the 2011 Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr in 2013. Stenhouse will compete full time in the cup series next year leaving the No.6 car available for Trevor Bayne.
Bayne had a ride in the Nationwide Series for the first couple of races in the 2012 schedule but the No.60 team was shut down for a lack of funding and sponsorship. Bayne’s last Nationwide race was at Fontana, California back in March right before the team was shut down. Since his last NNS race Bayne has been running a limited cup schedule but is not collecting any championship points since he had declared to run for Nationwide points. His 2012 Nationwide hopes came to an end early in the season after battling with Lyme disease the year before.
With Roush’s latest announcement it gives hopes for Bayne to return back to a full time Nationwide Series ride since Stenhouse will be moving up to cup. If Bayne continues to run a limited cup schedule next season for the Wood Brothers, he can race the Nationwide Series title, something that came to a quick end this year. Bayne is signed on to Roush Fenway since October 2010, next season could be the opportunity that the 2011 Daytona 500 champion has been looking for.