Trevor Bayne Ready To Enter Camping World East Victory Lane at Loudon 17-Year-Old Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Development Driver Looks To Back Up Strong June Run Concord, NC (September 10, 2008) -- The second New Hampshire Motor Speedway race on the...
Trevor Bayne Ready To Enter Camping World East Victory Lane at Loudon
17-Year-Old Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Development Driver Looks To Back Up Strong June Run
Concord, NC (September 10, 2008) -- The second New Hampshire Motor Speedway race on the 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series schedule is an event that Trevor Bayne has had circled on his calendar since earlier this season. During the first trip to the track, Bayne led multiple laps, only to come up one position shy of the victory.
Heading into the "Heluva Good! Fall 125" event on Friday, September 12th, Bayne is looking to drive his #1 DEI Chevrolet into victory lane for his second Camping World East victory of the season.
In the first race at the Loudon, New Hampshire, facility Bayne was strong right out of the trailer, which was the first time he had raced on the track.
"Loudon was a fun race track. That was the first time I had ever been there," said Bayne. "My crew chief Haskill (Rich "Haskell" Lavalette) had been there a lot with the Nationwide and the Cup cars, so he helped me out a lot. The first time I got on the track I was third quick, so we picked it up pretty fast and had it dialed in to race."
Finishing second in his first time at the track was a good accomplishment, but Bayne remembers that race day as being the victory that got away due to tire strategy.
"We had an awesome car," explained Bayne. "At the end of the race I realized the car couldn't be better and that we just got beat by tires (at the end of the race). We had a penalty earlier in the event that put us to the tail end of the longest line, so we came in at lap 35 to get tires. At the end of the race there were a lot of cautions and Eddie MacDonald took tires with about 40 laps to go, so the newer tires helped him a lot to get by us there for the win. It was still a good run for us."
On a weekend when the Camping World East Series will join the Whelen Modifieds, Craftsman Trucks and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire as part of the "Sylvania 300" weekend, Bayne isn't feeling any extra pressure to perform, even though there will be many more eyes focused on the race at the track.
"I don't think there is added pressure. It is what we do every weekend. I am a driver that is trying to make it and you try to do your best every weekend. It will be good to have the top NASCAR guys there this weekend so you don't have to tell them back at the shop the next week on how you did. It will be a lot of fun."
Bayne heads into Loudon fourth in the overall Camping World East standings after a few finishes outside the top 10. The team and the driver are focused on getting back to the top of the points chart with just three races remaining in the 2008 season.
"I know we can get back up to the top of the points," said Bayne. "It wasn't like we ran at the back of the pack the last few races. We were up front for both races, but we just got put in a position we didn't want to be in. At Lime Rock we ran second the first part of the race. Pit road was closed when we went by, then they opened it up right behind us, letting everyone else go in and put us behind the eight ball. We managed to get back up to fifth and got spun with two laps to go. At Mansfield we were in the top five at the beginning of the race and got spun there. We came back to the front, and on the last lap we got squeezed into the outside wall. So our finishes over the last two races aren't a reflection on our team. They have done a great job this year, and I think we should be able to get a top three at Loudon this weekend."