According to Jayski.com, just one week after getting released from Diamond Waltrip Racing, 19 year old sensation Trevor Bayne has signed to drive with Roush Fenway Racing for the remained of the season in the Nationwide series season.
In a bizarre move last week, Bayne was released after turning some heads in his first full season in the Nationwide Series. Bayne has five top fives and ten top tens with three poles.
Bayne will piolet Roush Fenway’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford this weekend in the Kansas Lottery 300. He will have to qualify in on time for the second time in his young career.
Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing said “If we can help him protect his driver point standing going into 2011 that certainly will be a credit for all of us as well as for him. Right now, we’re trying to figure out how we can help him in that regard, but Trevor is 19 years old and he’s established himself in the rare air of Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards in terms of the talent and potential they showed at a young age. We’re looking forward to helping him develop his potential.”
Bayne seems excited about the situation as well “I am just really excited to have the opportunity to drive. We are looking forward to a great relationship with Roush Fenway, and I’m eager to go racing with Jack Roush and everyone at the organization. I can’t wait to get everything started this weekend in Kansas,” said Bayne on Roush Fenway Racing’s website.
The sources also say that Bayne is a leading candidate for Richard Petty Motorsports No. 19 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series next year. Petty announced early in the week he was looking at keeping his third team around saying “If we are downgrading from four teams to three teams we still got plenty of everything it would take to run a third car.”