One of NASCAR brightest rising stars is now a free agent.
Michael Waltrip Racing has released Trevor Bayne from its development driver program effective immediately. MWR had Bayne signed with the team through 2011, but due to lack of sponsorship, was unable to fulfill its obligation.
One of the clauses in Bayne’s contract did state that the contract could be terminated if sponsorship issues arose, which was the case here.
Ryan Truex will take over Bayne’s #99 car for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas. Martin Truex Jr. will drive the #00 for MWR, which is usually Ryan’s car.
While Bayne’s future is uncertain, Fox Sports suggests Bayne could join young talents Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Colin Braun, Erik Darnell, and Brian Ickler in Roush Fenway Racing’s development program.
With only 43 Nationwide Series starts under his belt, it is unlikely Bayne will end up in the Cup Series next year. But with Paul Menard’s departure at the end of the year, Roush’s #98 Nationwide Series car will open up, and Bayne could very well wind up hopping in that car next year.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Trevor Bayne’s future. But my guess is Bayne’s time in free-agency will be very short-lived.