NASCAR Season Preview: Trevor Bayne

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#21 Motorcraft Ford, Wood Brothers Racing

Born: February 19, 1991

Home: Knoxville, Tennessee

2011 HIGHLIGHTS: In just his second career Sprint Cup start, Bayne became the youngest driver to ever win the Daytona 500, at 20 years and one day. Bayne also finished 11th in Nationwide Series points while running for Roush Fenway Racing, taking his first career series win at Texas in November.

2011 LOWLIGHTS: Finishing 40th at Phoenix the week after Daytona wasn’t the biggest disappointment of the season. A spider bite that gave Bayne Lyme disease kept him in a hospital and off the track for five Nationwide races and the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600. Bayne had been fourth in series points before the bite, but came back to 15th place and could never crack the top 10 again for the rest of the season.

SEASON OUTLOOK: All it took was one Daytona 500 victory for millions of people to lament just how little they had done with their lives in relation to Bayne, whose victory returned the Wood Brothers to the top of the sport for the first time in years. The hottest young property in the sport in the wake of his popular win, Bayne worked his way through a half-season Sprint Cup schedule with minimal success beyond February, and fought through Lyme disease to post some strong Nationwide results.

But if 2011 was adventurous for Bayne, 2012 will be less so. Limited sponsorship will force Roush Fenway to cut Bayne’s Nationwide schedule from full-time to part-time, making his half season Sprint Cup schedule the priority. The Wood Brothers are good about choosing quality opportunities at the racetrack instead of overextending themselves, as their half-century in the sport leaves them with too much self-respect to start and park. Bayne showed some flash at the four superspeedway races last season, frequently qualifying well after his Daytona win. Those races will present his best opportunity to score another win in 2012.

– Chris Leone



  1. Geralyn Geelan says:

    If we are talking about common spider bites, it would be not to serious and just a dab of Calamine would solve the problem. ”

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