Bayne Adds Nationwide Victory To Resume
Trevor Bayne got his first victory in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series Saturday when he won at Texas Motor Speedway.
Bayne passed Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards after a restart on lap 194 of 200 and held then held off Denny Hamlin for the win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.
“This is just as surreal as the 500,” Bayne, whose first Sprint Cup victory was this year’s Daytona 500. “That’s hard to say, but this has been so long. We’ve worked so hard to get our first Nationwide win and I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen.”
It happened at Edwards’ expense.
“The restart I was really happy Trevor was behind me and then he wasn’t behind me anymore after that and I was really happy that he was able to hold off the 18,” Edwards said, referring to Hamlin. “Our Fastenal Mustang was good all day. Towards the end we didn’t adjust our car as well, I don’t think, which is just as much my fault as anyone’s.
“We had such a dominant run all day. We were maybe a little lax on our last adjustment and Trevor got in there behind me. He pushed me out in front of the 18 and I wasn’t really worried about him going to the bottom because I thought if he went to the bottom I could hold him off and run on his door and make it hard on him, but I was wrong. He drove right by and then Denny drove by and they just drove away from us, which made me feel a little bit better that they drove away and I didn’t just give it up 100 percent on that pass. I’m just really glad he was able to hold off Denny.”
Bayne crossed the finish line .142 seconds ahead of Hamlin, who started from the rear of the field after Kyle Busch, scheduled to drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was parked for the weekend for wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr. in Friday night’s truck series race.
The victory helped Bayne update his wardrobe as he was presented with the traditional Texas cowboy hat in Victory Lane.
“I’ve actually worn them before,” Bayne said, “probably like Halloween when I was five, and I wore one in this morning and fun of it, so I think now I can actually wear it. I didn’t think it would ever look good with a race suit, but I think this one looks OK.”
Edwards dominated until the final caution flew on Lap 189. He finished third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski.
Series leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished sixth and expanded his margin to 17 points over polesitter Elliott Sadler, who finished ninth.
Danica Patrick ran 11th in her first Nationwide start since Oct. 8 at Kansas.No Comment