Five Drivers Who Disappeared From NASCAR Overnight


Over the years, many drivers raced in NASCAR; some of them excelled and achieved legendary status, whereas some of the drivers completely disappeared. 

We will take a look at five drivers who completely disappeared from NASCAR after achieving fame. 

Trevor Bayne

Youngest-ever NASCAR driver to win the Daytona 500 in 2011, Trevor Bayne, started racing full-time in the Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing. However, in 2018, he lost his spot and got demoted. After the 2018 season, he disappeared from NASCAR and started his own coffee shop called Mahalo Coffee Roasters. In 2022, he ran part-time for JGR in the Xfinity Series. He made his last appearance on the SiriusXM Radio show in February. 

Marcos Ambrose

2003 and 2004 Australian V8 Supercar series champion, Marcos Ambrose, relocated to the USA in 2006 to try his hand at NASCAR. After trying the Craftsman Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and Sprint Cup Series, Ambrose disappeared from NASCAR in 2015. Later, he went back to the V8 Supercar series but failed to make his mark. In 2022, the media found out that he was living in an isolated place in Australia, like a regular person. 

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Ryan Reed

After getting diagnosed with diabetes in 2011, Ryan Reed defied the odds and raced in a Cup Series race at Talladega. However, he achieved most of his success in the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing. After RFR shut down their Xfinity team in 2018, Reed tried his hand at the Truck Series and his last race came in 2021. Nowadays, he occasionally posts stuff on Twitter. 

Sam Hornish Jr. 

3-time IndyCar champion, Sam Hornish Jr, tried his hand at NASCAR, particularly in the Xfinity Series. After getting released from Richard Petty’s Cup team in 2015, he has not raced that much in NASCAR. Interestingly, he still has not retired, as he could still race in NASCAR if he gets a good opportunity. Meanwhile, he has been working for his family’s trucking company and trying his hand at real estate as well. 

Carl Edwards

One of the most popular drivers in NASCAR, Carl Edwards, mysteriously disappeared from racing in 2017. In his final season in 2016, he finished in 4th place. In 2017, he announced his retirement. Since then, he has made a few appearances, particularly in the commentary booth. Reportedly, he has been spending some quality time with his family, as fans are still hoping for his return. 

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