Trevor Bayne returned to the sight of his first career #NASCAR victory and one of the biggest upset wins in sports history; Daytona International Speedway. It was 2011, when the youngster scored one of the biggest upsets in professional sports history. After running up front for virtually the entire race, the rookie managed to hold the field in a feverish green-white-checkered finish to earn his place in the annals of NASCAR history. His win made him the youngest winner in the history of the “Great American Race” at 20 years and one day old.
Fast forward to this weekend. Bayne made his twelfth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (#NSCS) start at Daytona. In previous eleven starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, Bayne has recorded one win, one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
While it was not another win, this driver of the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion, passed nine cars on the final restart with two laps remaining to record a third-place finish in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Daytona International Speedway. The result gave Bayne a career high in top-fives and in top-10s in a single season in the NSCS.
“That last restart was wild,” said Bayne after the race. “We restarted 12th and with help from the (No.) 3 car were able to get up to the outside and really make up some ground. We got behind the (No.) 18 down the backstretch and I pushed him with all I had. I am really proud of this Roush Fenway team and everyone on this AdvoCare Ford. For our organization to be on the pole this weekend, to have three cars in the top eight, two in the top five, this was huge. It’s not a win that we need to get in the Chase, but it’s a great step in the right direction for making it in on points.”
With the result, Bayne now trails the sixteenth and final position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship standings by just ten points.
Next up for the NSCS is Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 9.
- 1.5-Mile Kentucky Speedway
- Sparta, Kentucky
- Saturday, July 9, 2016
- 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and PRN