Roush Fenway to run three Nationwide teams

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.