Sunday, August 01, 2010
Diamond-Waltrip Racing - Iowa Post Race
Trevor Bayne, No. 99 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry - finished fifth - now eighth in points.
Trevor Bayne Race Summary: For the third consecutive week the No. 99 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Trevor Bayne grabbed the pole and scored a top-five finish. Bayne started the 250-lap race from Iowa Speedway on the inside row, but Kyle Busch powered past the No. 99 Toyota coming off turn two. The Knoxville, Tenn., driver didn’t let Busch out of his site and was about to pass the 36-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner when the second caution flew on lap 44 for a multi-car incident in turn two. The 19-year-old driver was pleased with the performance of his Aaron’s Dream Machine so crew chief Jerry Baxter made minor adjustments to keep up with changing track conditions. Bayne raced inside the top three until the final caution flag flew on lap 205. Baxter summoned his driver to pit road for four tires and a minor chassis adjustment. Some teams opted for two tires so the Diamond-Waltrip Racing driver restarted 10th on lap 209. The young phenom was able to use the four tires to his advantage and grabbed five spots before the checkered flag flew. The rising star is now eighth in the NNS championship point standings. Next week the NNS travels to Watkins Glen International for it’s second road course race on the NNS schedule.
TREVOR BAYNE, Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota
- Bayne won the pole award with a lap of 23.637 seconds, 133.266 mph
- This is his third consecutive and fourth career pole in 36 NASCAR Nationwide Series races
- He is the youngest, and first driver in 18 years, to post three consecutive poles in the NNS. Jeff Gordon last did it 02/29/1992.
- Bayne was the fourth driver to accomplish the feat. The others were Sam Ard, Jeff Gordon and Michael Waltrip.
- Bayne scored his third-consecutive top-five finish and his fourth career top-five finish
- Bayne led twice for 21 laps and raced in the top 10 for the entire 250-lap race
- In 36 NNS starts Bayne has four poles, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes
What did you learn from racing with Kyle Busch tonight?
“I learned so much from following Kyle (Busch). He deserves every bit of the credit he gets. He’s in great equipment, great crew chief (Jason Ratcliff) and he’s an unbelievable driver. That first 50 laps he was sideways the whole time and I followed him up and learned that top groove. How to get the car straight to run off of the corner and get good drive. Our car was really free at the beginning, but as the night came on we got tighter and we kept getting tighter and tighter and that’s what really got us at the end. If that thing would’ve ended in daylight we probably could’ve got our first win here. But, we’re so happy about these top-fives every weekend. Three poles in a row, I mean, I hear that’s pretty tough to do so that’s awesome for this Aaron’s Dream Machine team. We’re just as excited as we can be.”
What happened to your car as it went from day to night?
“That was the biggest thing. We didn’t get any practice at night because it rained all day yesterday. We didn’t really know what the track was going to do and it just kept taking on rubber and kept getting more and more grip and that played into the other guys favor more so than us. It just kept getting tighter. Everybody was so free at the beginning. Their cars came to them. Us, we were pretty good at the beginning and we got tight at the end.”
NNS Racing Results
- Kyle Busch won the U.S. Cellular 250, his 39th victory in 190 NNS race
- This is his ninth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2010
- This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Iowa Speedway
- Carl Edwards (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Iowa Speedway
- Jason Leffler, Brad Keselowski and Bayne rounded out the top five
- The race was slowed by two red flag periods for just over 20 minutes
- The race featured seven lead changes among three drivers. Cautions slowed the race six time for 27 laps.
- NASCAR estimated a sell out crowd of 56,000 race fans in attendance at Iowa