Matt Kenseth made headlines when Jack Roush announced that he would be coming out of retirement to split seat time with Trevor Bayne in the #6 and while the news is great for the former Cup Series champion, its bad news for Trevor Bayne. In fact, one has to wonder what the future holds for 2011 Daytona 500 winner.
Of course Roush claimed during an interview that the goal of the move was to get RFR cars up to speed with the rest of The Cup Series field, but it seems like in doing so that he is losing faith and closing to giving up on Trevor Bayne as a driver. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but that will be interesting to follow along with.
Unfortunately for Bayne, Matt Kenseth only added fuel to the faith losing fire when he chose to criticize Bayne during an interview about his return. While the jab was subtle and might not seem like much, he didn’t really do much to talk him up either. In fact, Kenseth even stated that Bayne needed to get better behind the wheel!
“My hope is that after a few days when things kind of shake out, my hope is we can get together face-to-face, sooner-than-later, hopefully, next week, and sit and have a long talk because I really feel like there are a lot of things I could probably help him with. “My hope is that he embraces that and turns this into something to drive him and he can get better.”
While Kenseth’s words probably weren’t intentional, it is very embarrassing to be told you need to get better by the man who you are splitting seat time with. Not only that, it also has to be adding a lot of fuel to the fire for Bayne, who has commented since the announcement, it also has to be hard after knowing he was originally upset with the move.
If nothing else, this could be the begging of a little rivalry between the two and could be interesting to watch since they are now on the same team. Of course that could change if Kenseth comes up with a win in equipment that Bayne couldn’t even manage to get a top-ten in, which would leave the former Daytona 500 winner out of a ride!
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