USAR: Trevor Bayne to run for rookie title

Trevor Bayne Readies for Run at Rookie of the Year Longs, SC--If you attended a Hooters Pro Cup race last year and were waiting for the on-track autograph session to begin, it's a safe to say that you know who Trevor Bayne is. He was usually...

Trevor Bayne Readies for Run at Rookie of the Year

Longs, SC--If you attended a Hooters Pro Cup race last year and were waiting for the on-track autograph session to begin, it's a safe to say that you know who Trevor Bayne is.

He was usually the guy standing beside the No. 00 Allison Legacy Series car with Pro Cup emcee Gene Crane interviewing him after yet another win in the Legacy Series.

All told, Bayne won 12 out of 21 races, finished in the top-5 19 times, grabbed 14 poles positions and was named the Allison Legacy National Touring Series Champion, becoming the youngest Allison Legacy winner and youngest champion at 14 years old.

In 2006, Bayne, once he turns 15, hopes to continue up the racing ladder, break another record as the youngest Hooters Pro Cup Series Rookie of the Year and have a few more interviews with Gene Crane.

"This is the biggest step of my career," said Bayne, who will drive the No. 29n Ford as a competitor in the Northern Division of the Hooters Pro Cup Series in 2006. "It's going to be an adjustment, but we've been testing a Pro Cup car, and I feel like we've been up to speed.

"It was a big deal for us to be around the [Hooters Pro Cup] Series the last few years and get to know all the people involved. I was able to be around Shane Huffman last season, and that helped a lot."

Aiding Bayne's learning curve into Pro Cup this season will be his driving coach, Donnie Allison, who worked with Bayne last season in the Legacy Series. Plus, the rookie should feel at home on several tracks because he visited them touring with the Allison Legacy Series. Last season, Bayne went to Victory Lane at Jennerstown, South Boston and Lonesome Pine, all of which are on the Northern Division schedule in 2006.

"Knowing the tracks should help," said Bayne, "but watching the races last year and listening on the scanners will be just as important."

But prior knowledge, talent and Donnie Allison won't be the only thing in Bayne's corner next season. The youngster's car will be co-owned by NASCAR Busch Series owner Ed Rensi, who formed T2 Motorsports with Trevor's father, Rocky. And, if that wasn't enough, Bayne is good friends with Joey Logano and now owns the car Logano won with at Mansfield Motorsport Speedway last season, giving him confidence his rookie season will be a good one.

"We're going to try to finish in the top-5 each week and, hopefully, win a race or two," said Bayne. "I'm sure all the rookies say that, but I think we can do it. If we do that, the rookie of the year title will come."

As will the post-race interviews with Gene Crane.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Trevor Bayne , Donnie Allison , Shane Huffman , Joey Logano