By admin | August 30, 2013
By Richard Allen
Trevor Bayne came into the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series with high hopes. After all, it would be the first time the Knoxville, Tenn. native would go into a season looking to complete his first full campaign since joining Roush Fenway Racing. Illness prevented him from running all races in 2011 while lack of sponsorship hampered his efforts last year. And, he would be taking over the car driven by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to consecutive championships during the previous two seasons.
However, the effort did not get off to the greatest of starts for Bayne. In the first nine races, he posted four finishes outside the top-25 and fell well off the pace of the front runners in the Nationwide standings.
But since a 32nd place result in Darlington back in May, Bayne has found the consistency that had been lacking during the season’s first quarter. Over the course of the last 14 Nationwide Series events, the 22-year-old driver has posted eleven top-10 results, including a win in Iowa just after his wedding back in June.
Bayne currently sits 9th in the Nationwide Series standings with ten races remaining on the schedule.
Bayne’s recent run of solid finishes under the direction of crew chief Mike Kelley were rewarded last week when it was announced that health and wellness company AdvoCare will sponsor his #6 Ford for the complete 2014 Nationwide Series season. The company is currently serving as the primary backer of Austin Dillon and his Richard Childress Racing effort, but chose not to accompany that driver when he makes the move to Sprint Cup next year.
This weekend in Atlanta, Bayne hopes to continue his string of solid runs, which includes eight top-10s in his last nine Nationwide races.
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