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Trevor Bayne

Trevor Bayne

American racing driver
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Intro American racing driver
Countries United States of America
Occupations Racecar driver
Gender male
Birth 19 February 1991 (Knoxville)
Trevor Bayne
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Biography

Trevor Bayne (born February 19, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 6 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing , and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 60 Ford Mustang for RFR.
Bayne began his racing career racing go-karts at the age of five. After eight years, he moved to Allison Legacy Race Series, where he became the youngest top rookie. Two years later, he moved to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division. In 2008, he signed a contract with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to race in the NASCAR Camping World East Series, where he recorded one win, six top-fives, and seven top-10 finishes. One year later, he recorded Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors after participating in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway. Also in 2009, he began racing in the Nationwide Series for Michael Waltrip Racing. After about two years with the team, he moved to Roush Fenway Racing, at the late end of the season, and began racing in the Sprint Cup Series for Wood Brothers Racing. For that team, he won the 2011 Daytona 500, becoming the youngest driver to ever win the race at the age of 20 years and 1 day.

Racing career

Beginnings

Bayne was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in February 1991. He began racing go-karts at the age of five. He continued to race the go-karts for eight years, during which he recorded three World Championships with more than 300 feature wins and 18 total State and Track Championships.

In 2004, Bayne moved to the Allison Legacy Race Series, where he became the youngest top rookie. In 2005, he became the series' National Champion. During the two years he raced in the series, he won 14 races, earned 19 pole positions and recorded 30 top-five finishes in only 41 starts. When Bayne was 15 years old, he moved to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division, in which he received the highest rookie honors.

In 2008, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. hired him under their driver development program. During the same year, he began racing in the NASCAR Camping World East Series, and won his first race at Thompson International Speedway. Also in that season, Bayne recorded six top-five and seven top-10 finishes and finished fourth in point standings. One year later, he participated in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway, where he received Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors.

Xfinity Series

2010 Xfinity car

2009–2010: Entry into the Xfinity Series

After DEI merged into Chip Ganassi Racing's shop following 2008, Bayne was inherited as a development driver by Ganassi. However, as Ganassi had shut down its Nationwide Series program after 2008, Bayne made his first Xfinity Series start in 2009 at Bristol Motor Speedway driving a Ganassi car carrying the No. 52 of Means Racing. Bayne finished in the 23rd position. He then signed a contract with Michael Waltrip Racing for a limited race schedule. In his first start for the team in the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway, he qualified 2nd and finished 28th. He got the pole position at the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park and finished 7th at that race and the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond.

During the 2010 season, Bayne drove the No. 99 Out Pet Care Toyota Camry for Diamond-Waltrip Racing in 28 races before moving to Roush Fenway Racing. While with Michael Waltrip Racing in 2010, he recorded three pole positions, five top-fives and nine top-ten finishes. After announcing his departure from MWR after 2010, he was released and replaced with the Truex brothers Ryan Truex and Martin Truex, Jr..

2010–2014: Roush Fenway Racing

Racing for Roush Fenway in 2011

In October 2010, Bayne signed a multi-year contract with Roush Fenway Racing. For the rest of 2010, Bayne drove the No. 17 Ford in the Nationwide Series. Over the complete 2010 season, Bayne ended up recording three pole positions, six top-five and eleven top-ten finishes, and finishing seventh in the final point standings.

For the 2011 season, Roush moved him to the No. 16 Nationwide Series car. He then went on medical leave for much of the spring. After recovering from his illness, Bayne made his return to racing at the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on June 4, 2011, finishing third. He won his first Xfinity Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2011, by edging out Denny Hamlin on a late race restart. Despite only competing in 29 of the 34 races, Bayne finished eleventh in points, recorded five top-five finishes, and fourteen top-ten finishes to go along with his Texas win.

For 2012, Bayne was moved by Roush to the No. 60 Ford in the Nationwide Series, however a lack of sponsorship sidelined the team after the first five races. Bayne came back to run one more race later in the season.

In 2013, Bayne replaced Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the No. 6 Nationwide Series car, with Stenhouse moving up to the Sprint Cup Series full-time. On June 9, Bayne got his second career Xfinity Series victory by winning the DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway after Austin Dillon's handling went away.

Bayne returned to the No. 6 and RFR for the 2014 season. Advocare, previously a sponsor in the Cup Series and primary sponsor of Austin Dillon the prior two years, came on to sponsor the full season.

Bayne came close to many wins in the spring of 2014. He almost won at Dover and was edged by Kyle Busch for the win. In an interview he said "My team's improved significantly. This series is so tough this year and we've been on our game. But you want to be greedy and ask for more." He finished second again at Chicago after leading a few laps. He then took home $200,000 in the Dash-4-Cash program at the Iowa race and split it between him and a randomly chosen fan.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

2010–2014: Wood Brothers Racing

Bayne's 2011 Daytona 500 winning car
Bayne's 2013 Cup car at Texas Motor Speedway

Bayne moved to the 2010 Sprint Cup Series and raced for the Wood Brothers Racing team in the Texas 500, starting 28th and finishing 17th. He returned to the Wood Brothers in 2011 for a limited schedule. He won the first race of the season, the Daytona 500, to become youngest winner in Daytona 500 history, at the age of 20 years and one day. This was the Wood Brothers' first win since the 2001 season when Elliott Sadler won at Bristol. Despite the big win, Bayne finished 40th the next week at Phoenix. The Daytona 500 win also granted Bayne eligibility for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in 2011 and 2012. However, the Wood Brothers originally didn't have the sponsorship to run the non-points event or Talladega. The team later announced that Bayne would run the All-Star as well as the spring Talladega race with sponsorship from Camping World and Good Sam Club. After the Samsung Mobile 500, Bayne was hospitalized for a spider bite but was released that Wednesday. Bayne raced at Talladega, but was caught up in an early crash. However, Bayne's illness returned after racing at Nashville Superspeedway, and was hospitalized for five weeks, with his Nationwide ride being taken over by Chris Buescher, Kevin Swindell and Matt Kenseth. Bayne's Cup Series ride for the Coca-Cola 600 was driven by Roush Fenway teammate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.. The illness was originally thought to be Lyme Disease but later that same year it was announced that Bayne had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Bayne would return to the seat of the No. 16 and would win his first Nationwide race in Texas. For 2012, 2013 and 2014, Bayne returned to the No. 21 for a limited schedule.

2015–present: Roush Fenway Racing

On May 24, 2014, RFR announced that Bayne would be running the No. 6 full-time in the Sprint Cup Series for the 2015 season. Near the end of the 2014 season, Bayne intended to run the No. 6 Advocare Cup car in a few races to get a head-start on his 2015 campaign. However, the plan was aborted after he failed to qualify in his first race at Charlotte in October. Bayne was not eligible to run for Rookie of the Year consideration having spent four years running in several races.

Bayne qualified 15th in a controversial qualifying session for the Daytona 500. However a crash during the first Budweiser Duel forced Bayne to a backup car. He got collected in a late-race accident involving Jeff Gordon, Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and A.J. Allmendinger but nonetheless finished the race on the lead lap.

After bad performances throughout the spring, Bayne had a good run going at the GEICO 500. While running 3rd, he lost control of his car and triggered a massive crash. In an interview following, he would blame dirty air for causing him to lose control and cause the crash. At Dover on May 31, Bayne got into an accident involving Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett. After the race Bayne was called to the Oval Office and fined $20,000 for violating a race procedure made in wake of the Kevin Ward Jr. accident in August 2014, in which a driver must remain in their car until being permitted by officials to exit (unless fire or smoke engulf the car).

Trevor Bayne got his first top ten of the year at Michigan during the rain-delayed Quicken Loans 400. After an early speeding penalty, it looked like Bayne was set to finish a lap down. However, because several cars stayed out for the final yellow while the race leaders pitted, Bayne got his lap back and when the race was later called because of rain showers, Bayne had finished 9th. He picked up his first ARCA win at Pocono after starting first and dominating the race, and recorded another Cup Series top ten in the 2015 Coke Zero 400. Bayne's struggles would continue; he finished 40th in back-to-back races at Indianapolis and Pocono, being plagued by a major lack of speed at both tracks.

To start off 2016, Bayne would finish 28th in the Daytona 500. The next week at Atlanta, Bayne surprised many fans by qualifying 4th but he ended up starting 3rd, since pole sitter Kyle Busch had to go to the rear of the field, and he would finish 22nd. The next week at Las Vegas he finished 17th. The next week at Phoenix he finished 23rd. The next week at Auto Club, he finished 20th. The next week at Martinsville he finished 27th. The next week at Texas, he had a strong race leading a number of laps trying to gamble on fuel, and would finish 15th. The next week at Bristol, he would have an even stronger race finishing 5th, getting his first top 5 of the year. The next week at Richmond he would finish 17th. The next week at Talladega, Bayne would have yet another strong race, he led several laps and finish 10th. The next week at Kansas he would qualify 10th but ended up blowing a tire and would finish 25th. The next week at Dover, his strong races would continue, when he finished 10th. The following week at Pocono, Bayne finished 25th place. The next week at Michigan, he finished 13th place. The next week at Sononma, Bayne finished 15th place. The next week at Daytona, Bayne scored his third career top-5 finish as a 3rd place outing. The next week at Kentucky, it would come down to a fuel mileage race and Bayne would conserve enough fuel to finish 11th. The next week at New Hampshire, Bayne would finish 23rd. The next week at Indianapolis, Bayne would be involved in a wreck with Clint Bowyer on a GWC (Green White Checkered) attempt and would finish 30th.

Personal life

Bayne is an outspoken Christian. He has credited his faith for helping him handle both the overnight success he experienced by winning the Daytona 500 as well as the health scare that took him away from racing briefly during the 2011 season. He has been on several mission trips to Mexico with Back2Back Ministries including one in December 2011. Bayne also attended Passion 2012 at the Georgia Dome and was recognized for his faith in front of approximately 45,000 college students during the final session of the conference.

In December 2012, Bayne announced his engagement to Ashton Clapp. The couple were married on June 4, 2013, and had their first child in December 2015. It was announced on December 15th, 2016, that Trevor and Ashton are expecting their second child, a boy, in June of 2017.

On November 12, 2013, Bayne announced that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series

Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2011 Wood Brothers Racing Ford 32 1
2012 40 35
2013 33 27
2014 14 33
2015 Roush Fenway Racing Ford 37 30
2016 23 28
2017

Xfinity Series

* Season still in progress.
1 Ineligible for series championship points.

ARCA Racing Series

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

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