Trevor Bayne Battles Back to Second at NASCAR All-Star Showdown CONCORD, NC (January 26, 2009) -- It took a lengthy trip for Trevor Bayne and the Strutmasters.com-sponsored ...
Trevor Bayne Battles Back to Second at NASCAR All-Star Showdown
CONCORD, NC (January 26, 2009) -- It took a lengthy trip for Trevor Bayne and the Strutmasters.com-sponsored #1 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. team to get to Irwindale Speedway for the 2009 version of the NASCAR All-Star Showdown. Eventually, they were all rewarded for their travels with a runner-up finish in the prestigious race. But even after Bayne was already at the track on raceday, he had to take quite a long road to get that result.
The 17-year-old Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates development driver finished a strong second in the first of three Showdown segments and then got collected when Brian Ickler and Ron Hornaday tangled while battling for the lead in the second segment. Bayne lost a lap while repairs were made to his Chevrolet, but fought to get that lap back. By the time that the race was flagged complete, Bayne was back up to second place, having endured a wild last-lap melee that involved several other cars that had been running in the top five.
"It was crazy, I'll tell you," said Bayne after the race. "There was carnage everywhere -- we were dodging wrecks left and right. We had to come back from the rear a few times, and those three-wide battles were crazy."
Had circumstances played out differently, Bayne could have easily been celebrating after the race in victory lane.
"I think that we had the best car on the racetrack for the first 100 laps ," said Bayne. "Brian Ickler and I were racing for the lead and we were just riding around. He had a great car, too, and there was some clean racing between us and Eric Holmes. We were having a fun time, but our party got spoiled for a little while. We all got piled up in turn four and had to come back from that.
"I had to make up some ground in a hurry. I burned up my stuff somewhat. When I got to sixth or seventh, we finally got a caution, which was what I needed. I would have loved to win this thing, but when you overcome so much adversity you have to be happy with a second."
The Showdown was Bayne's first race at Irwindale and the 17-year-old took an instant liking to the facility.
"It's a fun racetrack, but it can get clogged up in a hurry."
Bayne is still working to put together his plans for the 2009 racing season, and he does not know quite when his next race will be at this time.
"We're trying to find whatever we can," said Bayne "With the economy, a lot of people are struggling right now. Whether it would be full-time ARCA racing or a one-off Nationwide Series deal somewhere...our minds are open."