Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Trevor Bayne - Carfax 250 Preview

  • This week’s No. 99 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota at Michigan International Speedway … Trevor Bayne will pilot Chassis No. 054 from the Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Built new for the 2009 season, this Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota was put through its first paces at Kentucky Speedway in June where Bayne drove it to a 12th-place finish. Since then, the Knoxville, Tenn., native drove this No. 99 machine to a 12th-place effort at Chicagoland Speedway in July.

  • MIS Debut … Bayne will make his first start at MIS Saturday afternoon.

  • What a Start ... In seven starts behind the wheel of the No. 99 Toyota Camry, Bayne has tallied a 6.2 starting average. Additionally, he grabbed his first NNS pole at O’Reilly Raceway Park in June and crossed the finish line seventh. His highest NNS finish to date.

  • Welcome Back, Bayne … Bayne returns to the season of the Aaron’s Toyota after a one-race hiatus. During this time, teammate Scott Speed captured a 10th-place finish at Watkins Glen International.

  • Ninth Nationwide Series Start … Bayne will make his ninth-career NNS start this weekend at MIS. In eight previous starts, he boasts one top-10 and four top-15 finishes, an 8.8 starting average and 18.4 finishing average. He has completed 93.0 percent (1,698 of 1,825) of the laps contested.

  • Vote, Vote, Vote … Go to www.nascar.com and cast your votes for Bayne as the 2009 Most Popular Driver of the Year Award. Fans may vote or submit a write-in candidate once per day and are encouraged to vote throughout the season. Voting ends Oct. 31 for the NNS. Results will be announced at each of the respective series’ season-end banquets.

  • After 20 … Over the season’s first 22 races, the No. 99 team has notched four top-10 and 12 top-15 finishes. The MWR team sits 16th in the owners’ point standings. They are only 70 points behind the No. 62 entry owned by Rusty Wallace in 15th.

  • Online with the Times … To keep up with the latest news and information about Bayne visit his official website at www.trevorbayne.com. For minute-to-minute info about Bayne and the rest of the MWR crew, check out www.twitter.com/aaronssports.

  • Race Broadcast Information … The CARFAX 250 will be televised live on ESPN2 Sat., Aug. 15 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also broadcast worldwide on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite Radio beginning at 3 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the 23rd event of the 2009 NNS season will air on SPEED, the same day, at 10:30 a.m. EDT. MRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also air live updates of time trials.


You have five races left on your Nationwide Schedule for this season what are your goals?
“I think my number one goal is to just go out and learn as much as I can. I just want to get as much as I can under my belt so hopefully I can be in the championship hunt next season. I would really like to win a race but if that doesn’t happen I won’t be too upset.”

What have you heard to be the key to being successful at Michigan?
“Well I heard that you can race from the white line to the wall. You can pretty much get your car to go anywhere on the race track. I have also heard that Michigan is one of those places that you need the entire package to compete for the win. Being successful has a lot to do with horsepower and how well your car handles all over the track.”

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