By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor
Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the top-30 drivers in the series leading into next month’s 60th running of the Daytona 500.
Years in Cup: Eight (3 full-time, 5 part-time)
Career Wins: One (2011 Daytona 500)
The past few seasons haven’t been much to write home about for Trevor Bayne and his No. 6 team at Roush Fenway Racing, but in 2017 the team did show a slight improvement in their performance.
Bayne scored two top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes (career-high) to end the season 22nd in points for the second year in a row. He also finished an additional seven races inside the top-15.
While the team is not near the level of performance that they would like to be at, things seem to be turning a corner at Roush-Fenway. Teammate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. scored two wins and made the playoffs last season, so the opportunity is there. Bayne and crew chief Matt Puccia just have to put all of the pieces together to make it work out in their favor.
Heading into 2018, Bayne will have a different look to his Ford as the team unveiled an all-black AdvoCare paint scheme that he will pilot throughout this season, marking the first time that the No. 6 car has been all black since the 2005 season with NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin behind the wheel.
“This new paint scheme is pretty awesome,” said Bayne. “If you look through history a lot of the great drivers have driven black race cars as their primary scheme and I am pretty excited to have one as well going into 2018. I think that this new look by AdvoCare is really great and shows that we mean business every time we head out onto the racetrack. This scheme just makes me even more excited about getting back behind the wheel in 2018.
“It is really cool to have the No. 6 Ford black again for Roush Fenway. I know that Mark (Martin) ran really well in these colors and hopefully we can replicate that same success next season.”