Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trevor Bayne Previews Bristol Motor Speedway

· This week’s No. 99 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota at Bristol Motor Speedway … Trevor Bayne will pilot Chassis No. 046 from the Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Built new for 2009, this is the same car Bayne raced to a 27th-place finish at Gateway International Speedway in St. Louis, Mo. in July. Additionally, Scott Speed drove this car to an eighth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in March and to a 13th-place finish at Darlington Raceway in May.
· What a Start … In eight starts behind the wheel of the No. 99 Toyota Camry, Bayne has tallied a 5.75 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.
· Where it all Began … This Friday Bayne will return to the site of his first NACAR Nationwide Series start. The 18-year-old driver drove the No. 52 Jimmy Mean’s entry to a 23rd-place finish in March 2009.
· Hometown Kid … Bayne hails from Knoxville, Tenn., which is located approximately 120 miles southwest of Bristol. Since joining the MWR racing ream, Bayne has grabbed one pole, one top-10 and four top15 finishes.
· Vote, Vote, Vote … Go to 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.
· Bayne on the SPEED Stage … Bayne will be a guest on this week’s addition of NASCAR Trackside. NASCAR Trackside will shoot this week’s installment live from the SPEED Stage Fri. Aug. 21 from 7-8 p.m. local time. The SPEED Stage will be located in the Bristol Motor Speedway FanZone.
· Racing to Read … Bayne will visit Cherokee Elementary School in Johnson City, Tenn. on Thursday, August 20 to help promote positive reading habits. The rookie driver will talk with the students and then sign autographs for them.
· After 23 … Over the season’s first 23 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 73 points behind the No. 62 entry owned by Rusty Wallace in 15th.
· Meet the Driver … Bayne will sign autographs from 5-7 p.m. on Thurs. Aug. 20 at the 2009 Food City Family Race Night. The Food City Family Race Night is located on State Street in Bristol, Tenn.
· Online with the Times … To keep up with the latest news and information about Bayne visit his official website at For minute-to-minute info about Bayne and the rest of the MWR crew, check out
· Race Broadcast Information … The Food City 250 will be televised live on Friday, August 21 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. PRN and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio will begin their live race coverage at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the 24th event of the 2009 NNS season will air live the same day beginning at 4 p.m. EDT on SPEED. PRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also broadcast live updates of time trials.


What is it like racing in front of the hometown crowd?
“It’s really cool to race in front of people that have watched you through your entire racing career. This weekend there are about 50 people that are taking a bus to come watch me race at Bristol. It’s going to be really cool to have my own cheering section.”

From a driver’s standpoint, what is the night race at Bristol like?
“I really enjoy racing at Bristol. It’s a very physical and very competitive track. It is an emotionally draining race as well as being physically draining. The track is so small and there is never a chance for a break. However, the night atmosphere reminds me of good old Friday night racing.”

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