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Trevor Bayne return date set

Filling in for Bayne, Sprint Cup regular Matt Kenseth will drive the #16 in Saturday's Top Gear 300 at Charlotte in his 20th Nationwide start.

"Charlotte has always been a good track for both me and Roush Fenway in the Nationwide Series," said Kenseth. "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."

In the first two Nationwide races for which he was absent, Bayne's seat was taken by 18-year-old Roush Fenway development driver Chris Buescher, who finished a solid 17th place in both races. The #16 was taken over by Kevin Swindell, 17-year-old son of Sprint Car legend Sammy Swindell, for last week's race at Dover International Speedway, but Swindell's race ended early when he was involved in an accident with Alex Kennedy, for which Kennedy was subsequently summoned to the NASCAR hauler. But the team then opted not to replace Bayne as last weekend's Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway, the John Deere Dealers 250.

The race was won by another Roush Fenway driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., in what was his first series career win and following that success, Wood Brothers have opted to give Stenhouse a chance in their part-time Sprint Cup campaign by allowing him to fill in for Bayne at this weekend's Coca Cola 600 race, at which Bayne was due to run in the team's #21.

"Obviously its not the circumstances that you want to make your first Sprint Cup start," Stenhouse said. "But you grow up dreaming about this moment and I am excited and grateful for the opportunity ... Trevor is a very good friend of mine and he's going to be around this weekend and I know that his help with the transition will be instrumental."

"We can't wait to have Trevor back with us, but we can't think of a better driver to fill in than Ricky," said Wood Brothers co-owner Eddie Wood.




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