By admin | February 1, 2012
By Richard Allen
Trevor Bayne absolutely made a splash during the 2011 NASCAR season. The young Knoxville, Tennessee driver scored an unlikely but very popular win in the biggest event on the Sprint Cup schedule then went on to add a Nationwide Series victory late in the season. However, the period in between those triumphs proved to be a bit difficult at times for the driver who has yet to reach 21 years of age.
After his Daytona 500 win, Bayne’s name was on everyone’s lips as he made the usual barrage of media appearances that typically awaits the winner of the big race. Those both familiar and unfamiliar with NASCAR racing were refreshed by the young man’s attitude and demeanor. He quickly won over many fans in a short period of time.
Unfortunately, the next several weeks would prove trying for this man of strong faith. In his next seven races after Daytona, Bayne’s best finish was a 17th while he posted results of 20th or worse in the other six Sprint Cup starts.
And worst of all, after the spring race in Talladega it was announced that Bayne would be forced to take some time off after falling ill. His bout with what was eventually diagnosed to be Lyme’s Disease sidelined the driver for almost six weeks from both his Sprint Cup and Nationwide rides while he recovered.
In his final nine Sprint Cup races of 2011 for the legendary Wood Brothers team, Bayne posted four top-20s but also had four results of 25th or worse.
Bayne’s illness seemed to strike at the worst possible time in regard to his Nationwide effort for Roush Fenway Racing. He had just pieced together a run of five top-15 finishes in six starts and had moved up to 4th in the series standings when he was stricken.
After his return, Bayne seemed to pick up right where he had left off as he scored a 3rd and a 5th in his next two races. However, that momentum proved difficult to maintain as the next seven races in NASCAR’s second series provided only one top-10 result.
Bayne’s 2011 campaign ultimately ended on the upswing with every finish being of 11th or better over the final seven events. That string of good runs included a first place effort in Texas.
It appears as though Bayne will run a limited schedule in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ in 2012 for the same teams he raced with this past year. Hopefully, the coming year will be one of good health for this talented driver which will allow him post more consistently good results in the races he has on his schedule.
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