CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule reaches the halfway mark Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway. No. 99 Aaron's Toyota driver Trevor Bayne travels to the Joliet, Ill. track after earning a career-best finish of fifth at New...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule reaches the halfway mark Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway. No. 99 Aaron's Toyota driver Trevor Bayne travels to the Joliet, Ill. track after earning a career-best finish of fifth at New Hampshire, two top-10 and three top-15 finishes in the last four races. The Diamond-Waltrip Racing driver is 11th in points just 36 points out of 10th.
This week the 19-year-old Bayne, the youngest fulltime competitor in the series, serves as ESPN's in-race reporter. He'll talk with the broadcasters before and during the race. His crew chief Jerry Baxter will also offer his in-race analysis while rear tire changer Lee Cunningham will carry a pit crew camera during the race.
BAYNE ON CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY: "I've raced only once at Chicagoland Speedway. The track seems to be a lot like Michigan where you can run from the white line to the wall. The white line seems to be the fastest if you can get your car to work down there. Over the last couple of days, I have been making laps on my IRacing game and just trying to figure out the best way around. I've also watched video of the past races at Chicago trying to get myself mentally prepared for this weekend's race."
ON THE FIRST 17 RACES OF THE SEASON: "This year so far has been a roller coaster ride. We have had some really good races and some really bad races. We haven't gotten some of the finishes we deserved. We have run up front a lot but something seems to happen to us and we end up behind the wall before the race is over. (Crew Chief) Jerry Baxter has worked really hard this year to give me fast race cars, and I think we are really close to being one of the best Nationwide teams out there. This past month has really been a confidence boost for me. We've had some really good finishes and it has shown me that we can run with the cup guys every week."
* Bayne is 11th in points, but fifth among the non-Sprint Cup drivers in the Nationwide Series.