· This week’s No. 99 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota at Phoenix International Raceway … Trevor Bayne will pilot Chassis No. 047 from the Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Most recently, David Reutimann drove this race car to an eighth-place finish a few weeks ago. Additionally, Bayne grabbed his first NASAR Nationwide series pole and top-10 finish with this Chassis in July at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
· Final Start … This weekend’s race marks Bayne’s last NASCAR Nationwide Series start for the 2009 season. Scott Speed will navigate the No. 99 machine next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
· Media Center … Bayne will be in the Phoenix International Raceway media center this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to field questions from the media and to discuss 2010 plans.
· 15th Nationwide Series Start … Bayne will make his 15th-career NNS start this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. In 14 previous starts, he boasts two top-10 and six top-15 finishes, an 8.2 starting average coupled with an 18.3 finishing average. He has completed 95.4 percent (2,864 of 3,001) of the laps contested.
· After 32 … Over the season’s first 33 races, the No. 99 team has notched nine top-10 and 17 top-15 finishes. The MWR team sits 17th in the owners’ point standings. They are 60 points behind the No. 11 entry in 16th and only 89 points out of the top 15.
· 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 Able Body Labor 200 will be televised live on ESPN2 on Saturday, November 14 beginning at 4 p.m. EST. The race will also be broadcast on MRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 34rd event of the 2009 NNS season will air Saturday, November 14 beginning at 12:05 p.m. EST on SPEED. MRN and Sirius XM Satellite Radio will also broadcast live updates of time trials.
TREVOR BAYNE QUOTE:
This is your final start of the 2009 season. Do you think it was a success?
“Well considering I didn’t even have a ride at the beginning of the 2009 season, I would have to say yes. I really wish I could have grabbed a top five or even a win in my 14 starts but I think I learned a lot this season. I think the track time that I received this year will definitely translate into top five finishes next season.”
What is the biggest thing you have learned so far this season?
“I have learned that you have to have patience. During the Nationwide races you have plenty of time to adjust on your cars. You also have plenty of time to work past people so you don’t have to drive the wheels off the car from lap one. In this series you have to have a little patience and realize there is plenty of time to make your way to the front.”
The last time you drove Chassis No.047 you grabbed your first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole and top-10 finish. You think you can do it again at Phoenix?
“I am pretty comfortable on short tracks but I have been told that Phoenix doesn’t race like a short track. There is a lot of room to pass and find a groove that your car handles well on. However, I hope we have the same luck that we did at ORP. I hope I can end this season with a bang and carry the momentum into next season.”