Trevor Bayne Will Make NASCAR Return at Chicagoland, Stenhouse Jr. to Make Sprint Cup Debut in No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion

May 25, 2011 No Comments

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2010 Nationwide rookie of the year and last week’s winner, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his Sprint Cup debut this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. Stenhouse Jr. will fill in for teammate Trevor Bayne, driving the No. 21 for Wood Brothers Racing just one week after earning his first career Nationwide Series victory.

“Obviously its not the circumstances that you want to make your first Sprint Cup start,” said Stenhouse. “But you grow up dreaming about this moment and I am excited and grateful for the opportunity; to not only make my first start, but to be able to drive the No. 21 Ford of the Wood Brothers in one of the biggest races of the season.”

Roush Fenway Racing announced that Bayne will also be replaced in the Nationwide Series by Sprint Cup regular, Matt Kenseth.

“By all standards Trevor had a great week,” RFR president Steve Newmark said in a team release. “His symptoms have completely subsided. He tested at Virginia International Raceway on Tuesday, had one of the fastest Nationwide Series cars on the race track and his team was extremely pleased with his progress. As a result, we plan to have him back in competition next week in Chicago, and have consulted with his doctors at the Mayo Clinic and the NASCAR medical staff about that timetable.

“Although Trevor would have preferred to compete in all 900 miles this weekend, he respects and understands our decision and will shift his considerable focus to his return at Chicagoland next weekend.”

Kenseth will be making his 20th career Nationwide Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he has been to victory lane twice.

“Charlotte has always been a good track for both me and Roush Fenway in the Nationwide Series,” Kenseth said. “I’m excited to be a part of the three-car Fastenal fleet that we’ll have out there on Saturday and hopefully one of us will end up back in victory lane.”

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