By admin | June 17, 2012
By Richard Allen
Knoxvilleâ€™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 Sundayâ€™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.â€ That was almost immediately followed by, â€œBlowing up.â€
The Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford coasted into the pit area after completing onlyÂ 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.
â€œDang it!â€ 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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