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Bayne living through ups and downs

By admin | April 11, 2011

By Richard Allen

To say that Trevor Bayne’s 2011 NASCAR season has been full of ups and downs would be an understatement. The 20 year old Knoxville native started the season about as well as could have been expected when he won the Daytona 500 in only his second Sprint Cup start.

Since that life changing triumph in Daytona, Bayne’s year has taken a number of twists and turns. Crashes and other setbacks have occurred to put at least a slight damper on his initial success. However, things looked to be turning around this past Saturday in Texas.

For the first time in his limited Sprint Cup career, the young driver returned to a track he had already competed on. Last fall, Bayne made his first start in NASCAR’s highest division when he piloted the Wood Brothers Racing Ford to a solid 17th place finish in what could accurately be described as a learning experience.

After the win in Daytona expectation levels have been raised somewhat unfairly for Bayne. The type of racing done on the restrictor plate tracks is unlike any other in NASCAR. Yet, this driver has been held to those standards on all other racing facilities since February’s upset victory.

Returning to a somewhat familiar track this past weekend at least removed some of the learning curve and allowed the team to focus on completing the race’s full distance. And that’s exactly what happened. Bayne stayed relatively trouble free and came home with a 17th place result, his best Sprint Cup finish since Daytona.

However, just as things began looking up, Bayne’s life took a somewhat unusual turn. On Sunday morning he posted a message on the social network site Twitter which read, “Not sure if it’s a spider bite or a tick bite…But either way I’m in a hospital bed with a needle in my arm.”

Shortly afterwards, Bayne’s team released a statement regarding their driver’s condition. “Trevor has been treated and released from the hospital and is fine to continue with his daily activities – including driving a race car,” Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark said in a statement. “Doctors are still waiting for the test results to determine for sure what caused the reaction, but Trevor has been treated, is at home and he is doing fine.”

Even after this setback, Bayne has an opportunity to get his season back on the upswing this weekend as the Sprint Cup Series makes its second trip to a restrictor plate track. The Talladega Superspeedway will almost certainly provide the same type of racing that propelled a little known young driver to the top of the racing world. Bug bites aside, look for Trevor Bayne to be a serious contender this Sunday in Alabama.

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