By admin | May 16, 2014
By Richard Allen
Trevor Bayne has built a pretty impressive resume for a driver of only 23 years of age. The Knoxville native scored a win in the sport’s biggest event(Daytona 500) back in 2011 and has added two Nationwide Series wins since. But he could be in danger of being lost in the shuffle in the current NASCAR landscape if he doesn’t do something spectacular in the near future.
Bayne is returning to the scene of his last Nationwide Series win this weekend when NASCAR’s second division takes on the Iowa Speedway in the ‘Get to Know Newton 250′. Last year, Bayne rubbed his way past Austin Dillon late in the going and drove away to the checkered flag. But that was the only time the young driver would park his Roush Fenway Racing Ford in Victory Lane during a season in which he would place 6th in the final standings.
Granted, one win and a top-10 in the standings weren’t disastrous results when it is considered that race wins are completely dominated by Sprint Cup regulars who frequently step down to the lower series. But in that same regard, his 6th place finish in points wasn’t as impressive as it may have seemed considering that the Sprint Cup stars are not allowed to accumulate points in the Nationwide Series.
Quite simply, Bayne needs to make a bigger splash. And he appears to have the potential to do that this year. He has posted seven top-10 finishes so far in 2014 and one of those outside the top-10 was an 11th. But it’s wins that make the biggest splashes.
The problem for Bayne is that there are even younger drivers than him who have been stealing the headlines of late. Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott are the talk of the sport right now when fans, media and other competitors discuss young up-and-coming drivers in NASCAR.
It’s almost as if Bayne is in danger of being forgotten before even reaching the age of 25. He has done little to write home about in the while driving the Wood Brothers Ford in Sprint Cup since that Daytona 500 win. And most likely, that’s likely not going to change considering that is a single car organization that only competes part time in a series that demands constant study and experimentation to keep pace with the sport’s best.
So it’s in the Nationwide Series where this driver must keep himself in the spotlight. This weekend will provide one of the few chances to race without heavy Sprint Cup involvement. Trevor Bayne needs to take advantage of that fact.
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