Roush Fenway to run three Nationwide teams

Roush Fenway Racing will cut 60 NASCAR employees this week and will run three Nationwide teams in 2011.

As the NASCAR community continues to downsize, Roush Fenway Racing will eliminate more than 60 jobs across a variety of departments this week.

With Richard Petty Motorsports cutting back from four Sprint Cup teams to two for 2011, the fabrication side of Roush Fenway Racing is directly affected because it has been building the RPM cars.

The good news is RFR will field three Nationwide Series teams next year. The organization raced with four cars piloted by nine drivers in 2010.

Carl Edwards will continue to run the No. 60 Ford Mustang, with Mike Beam as crew chief. Trevor Bayne will have his first opportunity to run a full-time Nationwide program with one team and will be under the direction of Chris Andrews. And Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who pulled off 2010 Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors, will pilot the No. 6 Ford Mustang led by veteran Nationwide Series chief Mike Kelly.

Roush Fenway will also continue to field its four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams with drivers Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and David Ragan. There has been discussion of running driver Bayne in the Daytona 500 as well. Bayne could compete outside the four-car team limit since it's unlikely he'll compete the full season and rookies are allowed to compete in a fifth car for an organization if running a limited schedule.

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