Forty-six year old Matt Kenseth will return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on a part-time basis this season with Roush Fenway Racing, driving the No. 6 Ford for select races.
Trevor Bayne, who has driven the No. 6 full-time since 2015, will move to a part-time role and Kenseth is expected to make his first appearance in Kansas in May, according to SB Nation, which was first to report the story. A news conference is expected to take place on Wednesday.
For 18 years Kenseth was one of the most competitive and successful drivers in the Cup series, earning 39 wins and 20 poles to go with the 2003 Cup championship, two Daytona 500 wins and a Coca-Cola 600 victory. The move brings Kenseth’s career full circle, as he began his full-time tenure in the NASCAR Cup Series driving a DeWalt car for Jack Roush in 2000. He drove five races for Roush in 1999 before being hired full-time to drive the No. 17 a year later.
It was revealed in July that Erik Jones would replace Kenseth for 2018 in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Asked about his future during Champions Week in Las Vegas, Kenseth didn’t shut the door on a return to racing in the premier series, saying “There’s a chance of [returning to racing]. Way more than owning something.”
The only two full-time car owners Kenseth competed for in the Cup series were Jack Roush (from 2000 to 2012) and Joe Gibbs (2013-2017).
Kelly Crandall contributed to this report.