By admin | November 6, 2013
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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