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Bayne going for Sprint Cup would not have made sense

By admin | February 22, 2011



By Richard Allen


During the off season NASCAR announced that drivers would have to declare which series they intended to compete for the season long title in. The purpose of forcing such declarations was to prevent Sprint Cup drivers from crossing over and winning the Nationwide Series title.

However, a kink in the declaration rule was revealed when Nationwide regular Trevor Bayne won the coveted Daytona 500 this past Sunday. Because Bayne is only scheduled to compete in about half the Sprint Cup races this year for the Wood Brothers, he declared for the Nationwide championship. In that series the young Knoxville native has a fulltime ride with Roush Fenway Racing.

After winning a Sprint Cup race, the question of whether Bayne would seek that series title was asked. While the prospect of the Daytona 500 winner changing his declaration might seem like a good idea on the surface, it really does not make much sense to suddenly switch in midstream.

The first and most obvious reason for Bayne to stay the course in the Nationwide Series is that if he were to switch, his Daytona 500 victory would mean nothing on the Cup side. He would have to go into the second race of the season with no points and no win to his credit. Every other competitor would have a one race head start over him and in this new points system in which coming from behind may be difficult, that would be a tall order.

Another strong factor to consider against Bayne changing courses is the fact that Wood Brothers Racing has not planned to run a full season. Putting an organization together to compete on a 36 race schedule is not something that simply happens overnight. Other teams began laying the groundwork for this season before the last even ended. The team would be working from a deficit situation right from the beginning.

And more, there is a reason why the Wood Brothers are only planning to run about half the races in 2011. That’s all they have sponsorship for. Even with a Daytona 500 trophy on the mantle it would be difficult to convince some company to put up the type of money needed to fund a Sprint Cup team on such a whim. There would no time to mount an effective marketing campaign and all the other sideline factors that go into such an undertaking.

“The only thing that changed is that we get to be the Daytona 500 champions, which is really, really incredible,” Bayne said during a media conference call on Tuesday. “But I think that we’re still going to have an awesome year at Roush Fenway, running for that Nationwide championship.

Trevor Bayne has planned since last year to run for the Nationwide Series championship in 2011. His decision to stay the course is a wise one.

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3 Responses to “Bayne going for Sprint Cup would not have made sense”

  1. Charles Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 am


    I think it depends on sponsorship!!!!! I think he would be better served in Sprint Cup but only if he gets proper funding!

    Besides I dont think he has much funding according to what he said for his Nationwide deal with Roush!

    If fact I think he running in Sprint Cup would be refreshing in that “he is not” running for the title! Thus winning would be important and not have all the pressure assiociated with the Chase deal!!!!

    I mainly hope he stays with the Wood Bros!!IT would be good for the sport!! Here they are one of the first families of Nascar! Nascar Racing not wall street or corporations deals have been their life!!!!

    As for sponsorship

  2. Ken Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Hey Rich, I’d like to add one more comment about Trevor deciding to run for the Nationwide Championship rather than going for the Cup title. I honestly believe that Trevor should only run 7 more races for the Wood Brothers this year. Why only 7 more you ask? This would give him 9 races total, which is the maximum number of races a driver can run before competing for the Rookie-Of-The-Year title. Then for 2012, go into the 21 full time, and go for it! Yes, I think Trevor should stay with the 21. There is that certain “chemistry” there that can make a team a powerhouse. Does the 348, Jimmie Johnson and, although I think he’s the biggest scumbag in the garage, Chad Knause, mean anything? With the talent this kid has, he would win the Rookie-Of-The-Year title with ease, and who knows, might even be the first driver to take both Cup Titles in the same year! Wouldn’t that frost the likes of Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs!

  3. Kevin Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I don’t think we need worry about ROTY. A drivers career in the end is not defined on whether or not he was great in the first year he competed.
    The only reason that ROTY is important this year is because it allowed Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and Juan Pablo Montoya to compete in the Bud Shootout.
    Go back and take a look at history, Fireball Roberts, David Pearson, Tim Richmond, Junior Johnson, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch all never won the ROTY award, yet we don’t define them by it. ROTY is a great marketing tool at the time it occurs and gives drivers some brand recognition, however if you ask Trevor Bayne in 10 years what the highlight of 2011 was, I’m betting he’ll say it was the Daytona 500, not winning rookie of the year.
    I say the plan the Wood Bros & Jack Roush have is fantastic, bring the kid up slowly and run for a championship in the N’wide series with a little bit of cup experience. Winning at a plate track does not guarantee success on the non-plate tracks. Keep in mind that there is a reason that the Wood Bros. went to running part time from running full time. They are trying to build their program to be competitive each and every week, not just a driver. Next year in Cup, whether he runs for an improved Wood Bros. team or for Jack Roush, doing it the right way, Bayne may just be the new ’sliced bread’.