It’s a week now from today since Roush Fenway Racing announced that Ryan Newman would drive the No.6 Ford for 2019.
That’s where Newman will replace both Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth in this seat.
It’s a well-explained decision from Roush Fenway to pick a driver who knows the Cup scene very well.
You may say that Newman’s Richard Childress Racing cars may run as the same as Roush’s right now regarding the equipment.
However, Roush has tried the Matt Kenseth experiment this year on a part-time deal.
A similar caliber in Newman will do wonders to help guide Roush back in the glory 2000s.
That emergency change back in April regarding Kenseth has paid off regarding improving the overall performance.
The results might not be too instant or quickly risen to regular Top 10s.
They’re not reaching that benchmark just yet.
But regularly finishing inside the Top 15-20 is the perfect way to start which did help without the presence of Trevor Bayne.
It conveys that there is still ample time to improve here and there.
If you’re a Roush Fenway fan reading this post, don’t panic.
They’ll find their way to challenge the top teams somehow regularly when their race cars do improve ASAP.
What does it mean for Matt Kenseth & Trevor Bayne?
People would like to see Kenseth stay on for next year in a full-time deal.
Though he’s almost approaching 50 in a few years & it’s best he spends more time with his family.
But let’s hope that Kenseth stays & help out anything that Roush Fenway needed to fix at any time.
On the other hand, Jack Roush says that Bayne is one of the most helpful individuals he knew regarding personality.
And he should deserve to stay within another ride in NASCAR.
But on race day form, it’s too much inconsistency throughout his time in the No.6 car.
Stenhouse will benefit better with an experienced driver at Roush
Having an experienced driver will also help push Ricky Stenhouse Jr. some further competition.
The harder they challenge every weekend, the better will be to put both Roush cars home as high as they can.
Stenhouse would learn a lot better in improving his game like Newman & Kenseth on any day rather than against a driver like Bayne who doesn’t have many qualities as his.
It’s the kind of competitiveness this organization expected every weekend.
They lacked this sort of area since Carl Edwards & Greg Biffle left back in 2015 & 2016 respectively.
And since then, fans start to call this team that they have “junk race cars” everywhere.
Plus Roush Fenway has become a midfield Ford-powered team behind Stewart-Haas & Team Penske.
Well, they’re not going to fall behind any longer.
A mix of experience on Newman & youth in Stenhouse will help make Roush Fenway a balanced organization moving forward.
And it’ll only benefit pairing the two drivers in the long-haul.
It’s the main reason why Roush Fenway asked Ryan Newman to drive the No.6 car to replace Bayne & Kenseth for next year.
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