NASCAR: 3 possible landing spots for Trevor Bayne in 2023

Trevor Bayne, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Possible Trevor Bayne landing spots: No. 2 – Niece Motorsports

Though Trevor Bayne hadn’t competed in the Xfinity Series since 2016, he did make a cameo in the Truck Series during the 2020 season, competing in eight races for Niece Motorsports. Bayne then drove the #45 Chevrolet, replacing Ty Majeski.

In those eight races, Bayne scored one top five finish and two top 10 finishes. His most notable race that season came at Talladega Superspeedway, where he finished in second place behind Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Raphael Lessard.

But Bayne’s veteran presence and consistency served as a plus for the Statesville, North Carolina-based team, and they could elect to put Bayne back in the saddle for the 2023 season, but this time on a full-time schedule.

Niece Motorsports currently field five trucks, so finding Bayne a full-time ride shouldn’t be too big of a problem. Their #41 Chevrolet serves as a rotational ride, with Carson Hocevar, Kris Wright, Lawless Alan, and Dean Thompson competing full-time.

If Bayne and Niece Motorsports can agree on sponsorship, the 31-year-old could find himself a full-time role behind the wheel of the #41 Chevrolet.

With rumors of Hocevar moving up to the Cup Series sooner rather than later, Niece Motorsports might have to look for a veteran driver for 2023. They have made it clear that Hocevar is their flagship driver, and Bayne could serve as a good mentor to him.

Bayne could be a veteran presence on a team full of young drivers if he makes his way back into NASCAR by building upon an already established relationship with Niece Motorsports.