Through ten races, Roush Fenway driver, Trevor Bayne currently holds the sixteenth and last position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Standings.
You all remember Bayne. . . . as a youngster, he exploded onto the NASCAR Scene with a fairy tale win at the 2011 Daytona 500. It was just his second career Sprint Cup start. Trevor is the youngest Daytona 500 winner at the age twenty years one day.
Several setbacks, including a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, sidetrack Bayne’s rise in the NASCAR ranks. He spent 2013 and 2014 racing full time in the Xfinity series, finishing sixth in the points standing both years. He recorded one win in 2013 and twelve top-fives in that two-year period.
This season is going much better for the twenty-five year old driver. Trevor has already scored two top-ten finishes with one of them breaking into the top-five category. He finished fifth on April 17th in the Food City 500; scoring his first top five since his surprise victory in the 2011 season-opening Daytona 500.
Last week’s tenth place run at Talladega Speedway is indicative of a career resurrection. Sunday, Bayne started from position thirteen on the starting grid. His #6 Advocare Ford Fusion managed to stay out of the race carnage.
Bayne grabbed the lead on lap one hundred and seven. He led for twenty-two laps. Bayne was in third position for the final restart of the race. Unfortunately he was shuffled back to the tenth position for the checkered.
“Very, very insane. You get butterflies in your stomach even thinking about coming here because you don’t know what will happen,” Bayne said of the frantic on-track action all day. “You can have a great day and win. Even in the overtime I was sitting third and could have won or ended up on a wrecker with the roof torn off. It is hard to race here without being nervous or anxious.”
A win was not to be . . . at Talledega. However, do not count Trevor Bayne out this year. With the quality of his race cars and support team; a 2016 Sprint Cup win and/or berth in the chase would really not be that big of a surprise.