Driver set to compete in NASCAR XFINITY Series Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final standings this past season and a graduate of NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity initiatives, will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015 for Roush Fenway Racing , according to RFR officials. Wallace, 21, will join drivers Chris Buescher , Ryan Reed and Elliott Sadler in the RFR lineup. Wallace will pilot the organization's No. 6 Ford Mustang previously driven by Trevor Bayne . Additional team personnel and sponsorship will be announced at a later date. "I've had a remarkable journey over the last few years thanks to people who have put me in a position to win the races that I have," Wallace said. "When I first joined the sport, many said I would never compete with the real drivers. Now, as I join the winningest (XFINITY) team in NASCAR history, I take that as a responsibility to add more wins to the team's legacy and help tear down the barriers for the next generation of NASCAR drivers." Wallace won five races from 2013-14 while competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, scoring four this past season. RELATED: Bubba done with KBM as team announces 2015 lineup In 2013, he became the first African American driver to win a NASCAR national series event in 50 years when he won his first Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway . This past year, he successfully defended his title while driving an entry whose paint scheme and number 34 paid tribute to NASCAR's first African American winner, Wendell Scott. Wallace made six career Nationwide (soon to be XFINITY ) Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing , with whom he was under contract, between 2012-14. He finished in the top 10 in four of those starts, with a best finish of seventh at Iowa (in 2012) and Daytona (2014). However, without sponsorship to remain at KBM, and with no funding for him at JGR in the XFINITY Series, Wallace asked for and was granted his release earlier this month. RFR president Steve Newmark said Wallace "is viewed in industry circles as one of the brightest young drivers." "He has a charismatic personality and at the same time has exhibited the ability to win on the race track," Newmark said. "We are looking forward to getting him in our race cars next season." In addition to the four XFINITY Series teams, Roush Fenway also fields teams in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series for drivers Bayne , Ricky Stenhouse Jr . and Greg Biffle . Bayne , who is making the move up to compete full time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015, finished sixth in the Nationwide Series this past season, while Buescher, who won once, was seventh and Reed ninth. Sadler spent the previous two seasons at JGR, finishing fourth in 2013 and third this past year. RELATED: Wallace Jr. receives release from JGR Roush Fenway Racing's XFINITY Series program is the winningest in NASCAR, having earned 133 victories. Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (2011-12), Carl Edwards (2007) and Biffle (2002) have won series championships for the group. "We are certainly pleased to have Bubba Wallace come on board," team co-owner Jack Roush said. "He is certainly a great young talent and I feel it will be mutually beneficial for us to be able to put him into a team environment with a veteran driver like Elliott (Sadler) and the young guys Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed . "We have had a great deal of history in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and we are happy to have Bubba as the latest piece of that rich legacy." The addition of Wallace to the Ford camp is a boost for the automaker as well. "We're thrilled to have Bubba Wallace be part of our Ford Mustang racing efforts," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "His winning performances since becoming part of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program have certainly made him one of the drivers in the sport to watch in the future, and we think he can bring a lot to Roush Fenway and Ford, both on and off the track." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Nationwide regular to run No. 6 car full-time in 2015 in Sprint Cup Series MORE: Full entry list RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Trevor Bayne is entered in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) but not in what has usually been his Cup car. Instead of driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing as he has for his first 55 Sprint Cup Series starts, Bayne will pilot the No. 6 Ford as Roush Fenway Racing will field four cars for the race. Bayne , who is a regular in the Nationwide Series for RFR, is set to make the move to a full-time Sprint Cup ride with the organization in 2015. Carl Edwards is leaving for Joe Gibbs Racing , while Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . will make up the rest of the Sprint Cup team. For the Bank of America 500 , Bayne will have the primary sponsorship of AdvoCare, which will also serve as his primary sponsor for 2015. Veteran pit boss Bob Osborne, who won 18 races at Roush Fenway Racing with Edwards will be atop the pit box for the first time since 2012 as Bayne's crew chief. The No. 6 car made a brief return with Stenhouse Jr. making four starts in it in 2012. It was last driven in a full-time capcity by David Ragan in 2011, but the number is best known for being driven by Mark Martin from 1988 to 2006. Martin will be back with the organization in 2015 as a driver development coach. When the announcement was made in May at Charlotte that Bayne would be moving full-time to the Sprint Cup Series, Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark indicated that there was a strong likelihood that Bayne would run a handful of Sprint Cup races with the team toward the end of the season. Newmark said at the time, "I still think that you'll see us try to position something where you'll see the 6 roll out the latter part of this year." There is no word if Charlotte will be the only Sprint Cup event that Bayne will run with Roush Fenway in 2014. The importance of the No. 6 car to team co-owner Jack Roush was something he discussed at the May announcement. "I remember when I started with Mark Martin in 1988 and NASCAR gave us the No. 6," Roush said. "Of course, we had trials and tribulations, we were up-and-down that year and actually won our first race in 1989. I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it, but as we've gone through the years -- 26 years this fall -- this No. 6 DNA has worked its way throughout the organization. It's been really great to think about getting the No. 6 back on the track." Bayne has made nine Sprint Cup starts for Wood Brothers so far this season with best finishes of 19th place at Texas in April and at Michigan in June. He also won the 2011 Daytona 500 for Wood Brothers Racing. He has two career Nationwide Series victories and is currently sixth in the season standings. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
The post-wedding celebration continues for Trevor Bayne as he celebrates his first win this season at Iowa Speedway.
Trevor Bayne celebrates his first Daytona 500 victory, and becomes the youngest driver to win the Great American Race.
Trevor Bayne celebrates his first Nationwide Series victory and talks about his pass on Carl Edwards late in the race.
Trevor Bayne is currently tied with Regan Smith in the Nationwide Series points standings
An issue sends the race leader, Trevor Bayne , hard into the outside wall, as flames engulf the No. 6 Ford.
Trevor Bayne comments on Saturday's wild Bud Shootout, the key to winning the Daytona 500 and gets a special birthday surprise from DIS and NASCAR.
Trevor Bayne talks about his victory last week at Iowa and looks forward to this week at Michigan.
Trevor Bayne talks about coming back to his home racetrack of Bristol and how he needs to relax and not over adjust on the car.