By admin | June 17, 2012
By Richard Allen
Knoxville’s Trevor Bayne made his first start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup division since Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte and only his sixth race of the 2012 season in Sunday’s race at the Michigan International Speedway. The run proved to be a short and disappointing one.
The 400 mile race had barely begun on the newly paved 2 mile track when he radioed to his crew, “I think we’re gonna blow up soon.” That was almost immediately followed by, “Blowing up.”
The Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford coasted into the pit area after completing only seven laps. The crew speculated about a number of possible problems with the car including a fuel pump and electrical issues but the car was eventually taken to the garage area and retired for the day.
“Dang it!” the driver exclaimed when told the problem appeared to be terminal.
Bayne won the Daytona 500 as well as a Nationwide Series race in Texas in 2011 but has since struggled to find enough sponsorship to fund full-time efforts in either series. He has a limited number of races scheduled throughout the rest of the season in Sprint Cup for the Wood Brothers and a few Nationwide races set for Roush Fenway Racing.
The young driver has scored top-10 finishes in Las Vegas and Talladega and now has four results of 24th or worse.
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