Never Quit Attitude Nets Bayne, No. 99 Team 12th-Place Finish at Milwaukee West Allis, Wis. (June 22, 2009) -- Despite enduring several setbacks during the NorthernTool.com 250 at The Milwaukee Mile, Trevor Bayne and the No. 99 team used a ...
Never Quit Attitude Nets Bayne, No. 99 Team 12th-Place Finish at Milwaukee
West Allis, Wis. (June 22, 2009) -- Despite enduring several setbacks during the NorthernTool.com 250 at The Milwaukee Mile, Trevor Bayne and the No. 99 team used a never-quit attitude to salvage a 12th-place finish.
Bayne and his Jerry Baxter-led team suffered several hiccups during the 250 lap race and, ultimately, finished one lap down to the leaders in 12th. The No. 99 team remains 18th in the NASCAR owners' point standing and is 82 points out of 17th and only 162 points out of the top 15.
In qualifying Saturday afternoon, the NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie toured the Milwaukee oval in 29.844 seconds (120.627 mph), locking in the ninth starting spot for the 250-lap event.
Bayne and Company took the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. local time. The Knoxville, Tenn. Native was quick to radio Baxter that the No. 99 Toyota needed to turn better and was tight from the center of the turn through the exit.
Despite the handling issues of the blue and white machine, Bayne continued to race inside the top-10 when green flag pit stops began on lap 72. Baxter summoned his young driver to pit road seven laps later for a new set of Goodyear tires, fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment.
Unfortunately, a tire got away from the crew during the pit stop and Bayne had to wait several seconds while they retrieved it. This setback untimely caused him a lap to the leaders and he was listed 15th when the first caution flag flew on lap 124.
Still suffering from a tight-handling condition, Bayne made the hard left turn down pit road to the attention of his crew. Four tires¸ fuel and a chassis adjustment were in order for the No. 99 machine. Bayne was listed 17th on the lap 128 restart.
The adjustments did not seem to help the handling on the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota and Bayne fell back to 20th when the third caution flag flew on lap 192.
Baxter summoned his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and air pressure and chassis adjustments. The 18-year-old driver was 20th with 27 laps remaining in the race.
The ill-handling conditions continued on the No. 99 machine and Bayne was unable to pick up any spots on the track. A late caution for a single car incident in turn four allowed Bayne to duck down pit lane for service. Fresh Goodyear rubber, fuel and a big chassis adjustment were in order.
Over the closing laps Bayne's Toyota came to life and he was able to pick up eight spots to cross the finish line 12th.
Carl Edwards grabbed his first win of the season followed by Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Erik Darnell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The No. 99 Toyota team head next to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Camping World 200. The race will be telecast live on ABC Saturday, June 27 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 16th stop on the 35-race Nationwide Series tour will be televised live on SPEED the same day at 10 a.m. EDT.
"We had to overcome some adversity tonight. We really had to work on the car and finally got it decent at the end of the race. Unfortunately we had a tire get away from us and we had to overcome that, but that's stuff that happens every once in a while. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and I learned a lot tonight, and I continue to get more comfortable in these cars. For this being only my third race with the team, I can't be too disappointed with the result."