Matt Kenseth and Jack Roush may have started a trend in NASCAR.
That controversial trend continued this week after Starcom Racing announced that former Daytona 500 winner, Derrick Cope will be returning to NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series to compete in Sunday’s race at Dover. Cope is actually the owner of Starcom Racing, but stepped aside from racing duty after Jeffrey Earnhardt was signed at the beginning of this season.
The move comes only a week after it was announced that Matt Kenseth will be returning to The Series to split seat time with Trevor Bayne after retiring from the sport last year. If Kenseth’s run in the #6 car proves to be a success, it could also set the stage for other Cup Series teams calling upon retired drivers to fill seat time.
“It’s hard to believe we are this far into the season already,” said Cope. “I am pleased with the progress that our team has made”I have been consumed with the team manager duties up to this point but am excited to get back into the #99 Chevrolet and especially at Dover, one of my favorite tracks.”
Believe it or not, Cope actually won at Dover back in 1990 and also won the The Daytona 500 that year as well. Unfortunately for Cope he was never able to reach that level of success again and retired from full time racing in 1999 after nine winless seasons and a performance record that always seemed to get worse.
Cope has raced on and off in The Cup Series since his full time retirement and competed in 15 races last season before the ride was taken over by Jeffrey Earnhardt in 2018.