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Trevor Bayne proving to be a model of consistency, but still room for improvement

By admin | November 6, 2013

Trevor Bayne poses with my son, Cody, during after a dirt late model race at the Smoky Mountain Speedway.

By Richard Allen

Since finishing 30th in the Nationwide Series event at Elkhart Lake back in June, Trevor Bayne has run off a streak of 17 consecutive races in which his finishes have been between 5th and 16th, with twelve of those being top-10 runs. The Knoxville, Tennessee driver currently ranks 7th in the standings for that division.

Bayne won the 12th Nationwide race of the season in Iowa, but he has not posted a podium(top-3) finish at any other time this year.

NASCAR racing is a sport based on consistency, and Bayne is definitely showing that he can provide that. But the 2011 Daytona 500 winner still has room to improve as the 2013 season closes and preparation begins toward 2014.

Fortunately for the young driver, he has something in place that many would like to have. Earlier this year it was announced that AdvoCare, a health and wellness company, will come on board as the full time sponsor for Bayne’s Roush Fenway Racing effort next season. That company has most recently sponsored Austin Dillon in the Nationwide Series.

The Nationwide Series offers a unique problem/opportunity for the regulars in the division in that Sprint Cup drivers are allowed to compete, although not for points. So, the regulars on this tour have the opportunity to show off their skills against the best drivers and teams in the business. At the same time, however, they also suffer from the disadvantage of having to race against the best drivers and teams in the business.

As a result of that competition, there are relatively few real chances for a regular Nationwide driver to win. Sprint Cup stars have won 24 of the 31 events held so far in 2013. Kyle Busch alone has won eleven times this season.

So for Bayne to have won even once is a feather in his cap. And his recent run of consistency is remarkable. Still, the RFR car he is currently driving won the previous two Nationwide championships with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. driving.

The point is that Trevor Bayne is proving that he can be an effective driver in NASCAR. And on the positive side, there is the potential for improvement.

If Bayne is able to win and/or post multiple podium finishes in 2014, that potential will begin to be fully realized.

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10 Responses to “Trevor Bayne proving to be a model of consistency, but still room for improvement”

  1. Ken Says:
    November 6th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    The only way Trevor is going to have any chance at success, is to get as far away from Roush-Fenway as possible and get into a Gibbs Toyota or Childress Chevrolet. Roush is not competitive, and Fords are third rate. Too bad too! Winning the Daytona 500 should have paved the way to great things for Trevor, but uncompetitive cars are holding him back.

  2. Terry T Says:
    November 6th, 2013 at 6:42 pm


    You’re exactly right about Roush. They seem to be falling too far behind the others to ever get caught back up.

  3. Robert Eastman Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    At Roush-FENWAY it’s all about passion… Actually, The LACK of PASSION. As much as I admire John Henry (even envy his brilliance) RFR has become just another “Billionaires’ plaything” (along with “The Boston Globe”).
    When accountants run a business there is a paradigm shift… from “passionate love” for the business to “It’s Only About The Bottom Line!”
    Matt Kenseth understands the difference and that’s why he bailed out of RFR and went to JGR. Matt’s results are proof positive that “passion for the sport” IS the winning ingredient!
    The one advantage of living life from an accountant’s perspective is… you probably won’t go from “flashes of brilliance” to being “dead broke on the side of the road!” Of course you’ll probably never make it to the “Hall of Fame” either!
    Trevor will have to decide for himself if a moderate level of financial security coupled with a mediocre career is more important than “chasing the dream” on the Glory Road with all its peaks and valleys!

  4. racefangurl Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    He needs a full-time Cup ride my dad says. How come he won a Nationwide race this year if Roush is so bad? Why wasn’t he beat by someone like Sadler or Scott at Iowa? He’s just that good you think?

  5. oldirtracker Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This kid is an awesome ambassador for our sport , but you cannot blame his lack of performance on Roush, Stenhouse won the championship last year and Trevor has been mediocre at best, He best step it up a notch or he will quietly disappear . At least Pastrona is knocking the wall down trying. Too much vanilla these days.

  6. Anne Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    This might not be the popular opinion, but Trevor Bayne just isn’t that good. He has been riding the Daytona wave for some time now, a race that really was..he was just at the right place at the right time end. No offense. His driving in NW is erractic and he seems to bounce off of and hit alot of cars. I just don’t see it. I feel he is overrated, I keep waiting for something to happen after somebody hypes him, and nothing does.

  7. racefangurl Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    He had car issues at the start of the year. Broken driveshaft, overheated, transmission trouble as well as race incidents so he’s had stuff that wasn’t necessarily his fault and the race incidents are maybes. I remember an incident with Kyle Larson at Vegas as well as how someone banged into him on a restart at New Hampshire. He’s top-10 or close when these things don’t happen. I don’t think he’s bad, just has bad luck more.

  8. Steve Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Trevor is suffering from the decline of the Roush NW cars. Stenhouse had a lot of success with the 6 team last year but if I’m not mistaken they lost their engineer (to the 16 team) and car chief from last year. This makes a difference. It also interesting that Ricky struggled at Texas last week in the 16 car. Trevor could be more aggressive but it seems the Roush NW program has gotten a bit of track somewhere.

  9. L.Litz Says:
    November 7th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Roush chassis are so far behind it is a shame to have drivers the calibre they are to drive the junk they have. Jack needs to pay more attention to the everyday events at the shop. Edwards will be the next to bale out, and would have if Ford hadn’t stopped him with big money last year.

  10. racefangurl Says:
    December 16th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I know this is old but my dad and me think it’s terrible he has MS.