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When Roush Fenway Racing officially announced that No. 6 car would be on back on the Sprint Cup Series circuit in 2015, it wasn’t clear whether the big news was that the No. 6 was returning or that Trevor Bayne would be at the wheel. But for Roush Fenway either way it’s a win-win.
The last time the No. 6 was out on the track was with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the wheel in a one-time deal for the 2012 Daytona 500, and before that a memorable Daytona win in July 2011 for David Ragan.
However, when most fans close their eyes and picture the No. 6, the driver strapped into the car is undeniably Mark Martin. Martin drove the No. 6 in a remarkable 619 races racking up 35 wins, 230 top 5s, and 361 top 10s.
With such a storied history, it is fitting that Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, should get his first full-time ride in NASCAR’s premier series in the No. 6. AdvoCare, which currently sponsors Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has signed a full multi-year primary partnership for the Sprint Cup team.
“I’m both excited and humbled to be a part of bringing the No. 6 back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said Trevor Bayne. “And to be able to make that move with AdvoCare makes it that much more special. They are a true partner that aligns with my foundation and core values in every way. I know the history of the No. 6 and what it means to Jack (Roush) and the entire Roush Fenway organization and our goal is to continue to add to its rich legacy in the sport.”
The move was unequally meaningful to Mark Martin. “There will always be a special place in my heart for the No. 6,” said Martin. “It’s the number we used when Jack and I first went racing in 1988. There is so much history associated with that number and with the trials and successes that we went through as we helped build RFR into a premiere NASCAR team. I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish during that time together; a part of me will always be the No. 6, and I’m happy to see it return with Jack, Trevor and AdvoCare next season.”