By admin | March 14, 2014
By Richard Allen
Trevor Bayne has certainly gotten off to a solid start in the 2014 Nationwide Series. The Knoxville, Tenn. native has posted three top-10 finishes in three starts so far in the 2014 version of NASCAR’s “second series”. And what better place for the Roush Fenway Racing driver to be coming to with momentum in his corner than his home track in Bristol.
The 23-year-old Bayne currently ranks 2nd in the Nationwide Series standings behind only Regan Smith after a 3rd place result in the season opening race in Daytona followed by finishes of 7th and 8th in Phoenix and Las Vegas respectively. At this same point last year, he ranked 8th overall after a finish of 31st in Daytona put him immediately behind much of his most serious competition.
“I’m excited to get back to Tennessee!” Bayne said recently. “Bristol is one of my favorite tracks and it’s always good to get back in front of my hometown crowd. It’s one of the rare times I get to spend time with my family and friends. We have been running consistently this year and I know we will unload with a fast car for Saturday so I’m looking forward to it.”
Bayne has collected three top-10 finishes in the Nationwide Series at the Bristol Motor Speedway over the course of his relatively short career with his most recent run there being his best. He finished 6th when the series last competed on the high banks back in August. He also earned one pole in the upper east Tennessee mountains back in 2012.
This season, with sponsorship from Advocare and new crew chief Chad Norris, Bayne and his #6 RFR team seem more focused on the task at hand. And that task is collecting top-10 finishes, even when their day may not go as planned. Much can happened in a short period of time in Bristol. But if he and his team can continue to do what they have been doing so far this season, an east Tennessee driver could very well leave east Tennessee with the points lead in the Nationwide Series.
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