Trevor Bayne to race No. 6 full-time in 2015

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Saturday, May 24 1329

Four years after his stunning victory in the 2011 Daytona 500—in his second start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series—Trevor Bayne will have a full-time ride at NASCAR’s highest level.

Like the No. 21 Ford he drove to victory at Daytona for the Wood Brothers, the No. 6 Ford he’ll drive for Roush Fenway Racing full-time in 2015 likewise has a rich history.

With 50 Cup starts already to his credit in a limited scheduled with the Wood Brothers, Bayne will drive the car under sponsorship from AdvoCare. The Daytona 500 shocker is the only victory in the series for Bayne, and one of his three career top 10s.

“This is obviously the biggest news I’ve ever had in my life,” Bayne said at the Saturday morning announcement at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Although we’ve had some big news before, this takes the cake. I’m really excited to be sitting up here beside (team owner) Jack Roush and Mike Vaught, (director of sponsorship) from AdvoCare…

“I could have never done all of this without the people who have been behind me. I just left the Wood Brothers’ hauler from talking to Eddie and Len (Wood), so if I’m a little shaky and look like I might have been teared up a little bit, it’s from talking to those guys, and just the support they’ve given me over the last three years—to be able to get to a place where I could have this opportunity.

“To drive that 21 car has been incredible, and now I get to move on to another legendary number in the 6 car. This is something I’ve waited on since I was five years old.”

Mark Martin, who collected the first 35 of his 40 victories in Roush’s No. 6 Ford, made his feelings known in a video announcement.

“Jack Roush and I went racing together over 25 years ago and, yes, we experienced our share of heartaches as we grew in this sport, but we would go on to experience great victories as well,” Martin said.

“My time in the 6 car will always be special to me and, yes, there is a part of me that will always be No. 6. Because of that, I’m excited to say that Jack Roush is bringing back the No. 6 Ford to the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2015.”