Kenseth returning to Roush, will split time with Bayne

46-year-old Kenseth returns to team he started his Cup career with in 1999

Trevor Bayne (6) slides thought the infield in front of driver A.J. Allmendinger (47) and driver Daniel Suarez (19) and driver Matt DiBenedetto (32) during the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday that Bayne would split time with Matt Kenseth in the No. 6 the rest of the season. (Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Kenseth is coming back to NASCAR with the team that first brought him to the circuit.

Kenseth, 46, will share time in the No. 6 Ford with Trevor Bayne, Roush Fenway Racing announced on Wednesday.

Kenseth drove for Joe Gibbs Racing over the last five seasons, winning 15 races along the way, but was let go after last season to make way for 21-year-old Erik Jones.

Kenseth never retired, however, and now is set to make his return on May 12 at Kansas Speedway. He’ll be sponsored by Wyndham Rewards.

Kenseth’s schedule isn’t clear yet, but the team also plans to run him at the All-Star Race in Charlotte the following weekend.

Kenseth started his career with Roush part-time in 1999, then went on to a full rookie season the following year. He stayed with Roush through the 2012 season.

Bayne, who rolled to a stunning victory in the 2011 Daytona 500, has been the full-time driver of the No. 6 since 2015, after four part-time seasons with Wood Brothers Racing.

He’s currently ranked 26th in driver points, with a 12-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway his best result of the season.