Michigan: Trevor Bayne qualifying report

Bayne Starts on Front Row at Michigan in Nationwide Series Race Today Brooklyn, Mich. (August 15, 2009) - - Trevor Bayne will make his ninth NASCAR Nationwide Series career start in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry on the outside...

Bayne Starts on Front Row at Michigan in Nationwide Series Race Today

Brooklyn, Mich. (August 15, 2009) - - Trevor Bayne will make his ninth NASCAR Nationwide Series career start in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry on the outside pole for today's Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

"We had a really good qualifying run today," said Bayne. "I thought we had the pole until I got a little loose coming off Turn 4. Jerry Baxter (crew chief) and all the Aaron's guys worked really hard last night and this morning to get the car ready for today. I think the changes they made to the Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota are going to make us very competitive for the race this afternoon."

Bayne, who captured his first career pole at ORP in July, turned a lap time of 39.155 (seconds) to secure the runner-up spot alongside polesitter Brian Vickers who posted a time of 38.958 (seconds). Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton and Brad Coleman round out the top-five for the 125-lap event at the two-mile Michigan tri-oval.

The 18-year-old held his own in qualifying beating some of the best in the business like Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards in addition to Busch, Burton and others. In Bayne's first two practices at Michigan, he showed great promise posting the fifth quickest time in final practice and ninth in first practice.

This season the Knoxville, Tenn. native made his first appearance behind the wheel of the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry at Nashville Superspeedway. Prior to that he made his NNS debut at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway where he finished 23rd in March driving Jimmy Mean's No. 52 entry.

Bayne has been racing since he was five and has won over 20 championships. Last season, he raced in the Camping World East Series where he finished fourth in the final point standings and grabbed one win at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway. Additionally, the young phenom notched one pole, six top-three and eight top-10 finishes.

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Trevor Bayne , Brian Vickers , Carl Edwards , Brad Coleman