It’s been a while now that Trevor Bayne is returning to the No.6 Ford Fusion in the shoes of Matt Kenseth with Roush Fenway Racing.
He’s ready to get back to work this morning at Michigan after spending most of his off-time alongside his wife Ashton and his son & daughter.
Trevor Bayne’s Michigan Cup Record
12 months ago, Bayne performed one of his best performances in the No.6 Ford Fusion.
That’s where he started off from 21st en route to his best Michigan Cup result in 5th.
Bayne’s other Top 10 that he made was in June 2015 as he came home in 9th.
Apart from his two best runs, Bayne hasn’t been at his best when it comes to consistency at this track.
During his time at Wood Brothers Racing, he finished no better than a Top place of 15th (June 2013).
- 16th, June 2011
- 24th, August 2011
- 43rd (Engine Failure), June 2012
- 24th, August 2012
- 15th, June 2013
- 21st, August 2013
- 19th, June 2014
- 41st, August 2014
Since he moved to Roush Fenway Racing three years ago, Bayne did score a couple of okay runs including two best scores in the Top 20 as analyzed earlier in this post.
But sometimes, he slipped out of touch outside the Top 20.
- 9th, June 2015
- 22nd, August 2015
- 15th, June 2016
- 24th, August 2016
- 17th, June 2017
- 5th, August 2017
- 14 Starts
- 2498 of 2744 Laps Completed, 91%
- One Lap Led
- One Top 5, 7.1%
- Two Top 10, 14.3%
- Average Start: 19.6 & Finish: 21.1
- DNF: One
Trevor Bayne’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Michigan Runs Rewind
In addition to his 14 Cup starts, Bayne also raced five more stints in NASCAR’s second-tier national competition.
He may not enjoy the best out of his NXS Michigan debut when he crashed early with three laps to go back in 2009.
However, he began to improve a year later where he finished only short of a Top 10 in 11th before moving on to Roush Fenway Racing towards the end of the season.
From there, Bayne scored two Top 5 performances between 2011 & 2013.
The last time, he made his 5th & final NXS Michigan run was four years ago where he finished in a disappointing 30th after he crashed on Lap 82 of 125.
- Five Starts
- 579 of 625 Laps Completed, 92.6%
- One Lap Led
- Two Top 5/10, 40%
- Average Start: 7 & Finish: 16,2
- DNF: Two
Trevor Bayne’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series so far.
- 14 Events
- 3902 of 4180 laps completed, 93.3%
- Best Finish: 12th at Texas, April 8, 2018
- Average Start: 20.5 & Finish: 24.6
- DNF: Four
- 13th, Daytona 500
- 35th, Atlanta (Engine Failure)
- 20th, Las Vegas & Phoenix
- 37th, Fontana (Crash)
- 33rd, Martinsville
- 12th, Texas
- 24th, Bristol
- 21st, Richmond
- 38th, Talladega (Crash)
- 19th, Dover
- 27th, Sonoma
- 26th, Chicago
- 20th, Daytona 2 (Crash)
First of all, welcome back to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Trevor Bayne.
It’s been a tough few months since his duties have turned from a full-time into a shared schedule with Matt Kenseth.
Since he returned for three more races between late June & early July, the performances haven’t improved as much unlike Kenseth’s.
But as always, Bayne does need time to reduce the pressure cooker and see what’s positive for himself and his family.
Roush Fenway Racing isn’t performing as high as once was a few years ago compared to today where they fell a lot behind to both Team Penske & Stewart-Haas as the best Ford cars.
So, unfortunately, yes, they had to call in Kenseth at the last minute urgently.
But he’s remained supportive, and you got to move things forward for the best of the team otherwise the progress regresses even worse.
Bayne’s contracted until the end of this season as it’s too early to say whether he’ll back at Roush full-time or go elsewhere in 2019.
Whether you think he lost his ride seems unfair because the cars are “junk” or he’s not up to his game, Bayne still has to fight to save his job.
And there are no guarantees that Bayne’s demotion will last only this year or let go all together on a permanent basis.
For now, Bayne has a big task to try and answer his fans & critics with a confident performance on his hands this weekend.
He finished 5th 12 months ago at the same track.
Now it’s the perfect time to make up lost time & prove that he’s not a lost talent.
Don’t forget Bayne will also race next Saturday night at Bristol before he won’t be in the car again until Las Vegas mid next month.
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