Bayne was originally slated to drive a fifth car for Roush Fenway Racing, the team he recently signed with, at Texas with Donnie Wingo serving as his crew chief. When WBR was looking for a crew chief, they contact RFR owner Jack Roush who agreed to lend them Wingo’s services. As a logical result, Bayne was put in the car.
WBR’s regular driver, the legendary Bill Elliott, will be at the track to help mentor Bayne. Elliott will return to the car in the season-finale at Homstead-Miami Speedway.
Bayne began the season driving for Diamond-Waltrip Racing in the Nationwide Series. Despite being in the top 10 in points, Bayne was released from DWR due to a lack of sponsorship. He was replaced by Martin Truex Jr and his brother, two-time K&N Pro Series East Series champion Ryan Truex. Bayne signed with RFR shortly thereafter.