The website S-B Nation is reporting that former Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth will return to active driver status this season, to share the wheel of the Number-6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Trevor Bayne. The news could become official as early as today, with a press conference scheduled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Kenseth, who celebrated his 46th birthday last month, stepped away from the sport at the conclusion of the 2017 season after a five-year stint with Joe Gibbs Racing. Before that, he drove for team owner Jack Roush from 1999 through 2012. Kenseth’s championship came in 2003, the final season before the sport instituted its post-season playoff concept. Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 but has struggled since becoming a full-time Cup Series competitor in 2015, with just four top-five finishes in three-plus seasons. His best effort thus far in 2018 is twelfth place earlier this month at Texas Motor Speedway. Kenseth’s return to competition could come as early as May 12th at Kansas Speedway, where he won back-to-back races in 2012 and 2013.
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