Bristol: Trevor Bayne debut preview

Trevor Bayne to Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut at Bristol MOORESVILLE, NC (March 17, 2009) -- Trevor Bayne, who turned 18 Feb. 19, 2009, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bayne will drive...

Trevor Bayne to Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut at Bristol

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 17, 2009) -- Trevor Bayne, who turned 18 Feb. 19, 2009, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bayne will drive the No. 52 Taco Bell entry for Jimmy Mean's Racing.

"I am pumped about making my Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Bristol," Bayne said. "The guys back at the shop have been working really hard to get this car ready for the weekend. Most of these guys are volunteering their time to help me fulfill a dream which means a lot to me.

Bristol is considered my hometown track and to make my series debut there is pretty special. I have raced there several times in my racing career and have had some success. I just hope to keep the car in one piece this weekend and bring home a solid finish."

Bayne began racing go karts at age five. Over the next eight years, he won more than 300 events and earned two titles including World Karting Association World Champion three times.

From there, it was the Allison Legacy Race Series, where a 13-year-old Bayne became the youngest top rookie in the series. Over his two year stint in the series, the Knoxville, Tenn., native notched 14 wins, 19 pole positions and 30 top-five finishes in only 41 starts. Additionally, the young phenom became the series' National Champion in 2005.

After conquering his opponents in the Allison Series, Bayne made a successful transition to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division. At 15, he again was the youngest in series' history to earn top rookie honors.

Bayne's rapid climb toward a career in NASCAR got a boost when Dale Earnhardt Inc. signed the youngster to its driver development program in 2008. That year he began competing in the NASCAR Camping World East where he grabbed his first series win at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on July 21. He went on to earn six top-five and seven top-10 finishes and finished fourth in the NASCAR Camping World East point standings.

Bayne's most recent triumph came during the Toyota All-Star Showdown on Jan. 24 at Irwindale (N.C.) Speedway, where he crossed the finish line second behind the 2008 Camping World East Series champion, Matt Kobyluck. Due to his performance at the Showdown, Bayne captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors.

Bayne's future plans in the NASCAR Nationwide Series are on a race by race basis.

-credit: tbpr

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