Bayne - Ford interview 2010-11-09

This Week in Ford Racing November 9, 2010 Trevor Bayne made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut last week in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford and finished 17th at Texas Motor Speedway. Bayne reflected on that day and what his plans are for the rest...

This Week in Ford Racing
November 9, 2010

Trevor Bayne made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut last week in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford and finished 17th at Texas Motor Speedway. Bayne reflected on that day and what his plans are for the rest of 2010.

TREVOR BAYNE - No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion

IT'S BEEN A COUPLE OF DAYS SINCE THE RACE ENDED. HAS IT SUNK IN JUST WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED ON SUNDAY? "It is now. I hate that it's over, actually, because it happened so fast. It's definitely the most fun I've had in a long time in a race car and it was just an overwhelming weekend. We had a great run and that was probably more than anyone really expected out of our first run together. I think our Ford Fusion was really strong and we just had a really great weekend altogether."

WERE YOU NERVOUS AT ALL GOING INTO THE RACE? "Going into the race I was actually OK, but before qualifying I never felt butterflies like that before in my life. It was overwhelming. I didn't really know what to expect, but we went out and were the fastest of the go or go-homers and qualified 28th even with a conservative lap, so I felt pretty good about that. As soon as that lap was over the nerves kind of went away. Qualifying always seems to be the nervous point in the weekend for any kind of racing just because you only get one lap to do the best you can do and there can't be any mistakes. In a race, you can kind of cover up for it if something happens, but once the race started I felt right at home behind the steering wheel, where I've been since I was five years old."

DID YOU HAVE A 'PINCH ME' MOMENT ON SUNDAY DURING THE RACE? "When I heard them say, '24 car inside, OK, you're clear,' I just couldn't believe it because we had caught him and passed him. That was pretty incredible. We worked our way up to 14th and we were testing Jimmie Johnson for 13th when the caution came out. We pitted and lost about 12 spots because we got boxed in. The pit crew did great, but I got boxed in, but to be running in the top 15 and running down the four-time champion was pretty incredible for a first race."

SO THE PLAN IS TO FINISH OUT THE NATIONWIDE SEASON AND THEN SEE WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE OUT THERE IN 2011? "Yeah, I would love to be in a Cup car all the time with as good as our weekend was and as much fun as those cars are to drive with the horsepower. I wish I could do it all the time, but now I'm ready to take a step back to Nationwide and try to get a win there. We still have a couple more races to do it and, if not, we still have all of next season with a full-time deal to try and do that."

CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW THIS YEAR HAS PLAYED OUT? "It's crazy. It just goes to show that you don't have any control over it. God has a path for me and He's guiding me right along because there's no way I could have done this on my own. It's just crazy to see how it happens. Everything seems like it's the end of the world when Diamond Waltrip Racing has no sponsorship and can't sign a contract, and then all of a sudden I hear that Jack Roush is making comments that he's interested, so I checked into it and the next thing I know I'm signing a contract with him. Shortly after that, I hear I'm gonna be in the Wood Brothers Cup car, so it's been a whirlwind, but it's been really exciting to see it all happen."

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Trevor Bayne , Jack Roush