A Solid Race Spoiled for Bayne, Aaron's Dream Team at Iowa Newton, Iowa (Aug. 3, 2009) -- Even though an incident in the middle stages of Saturday's US Cellular 250 spoiled the makings of a top-10 finish, Trevor Bayne was able to salvage a ...
A Solid Race Spoiled for Bayne, Aaron's Dream Team at Iowa
Newton, Iowa (Aug. 3, 2009) -- Even though an incident in the middle stages of Saturday's US Cellular 250 spoiled the makings of a top-10 finish, Trevor Bayne was able to salvage a 26th-place finish at the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway.
In qualifying Saturday afternoon, the 18-year-old driver toured the .875-mile oval in 23.329 seconds (135.025 mph). The lap was good enough for the fourth-place time, lining up the Knoxville, Tenn. driver on the outside of the second row for the 250-lap event.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers took the green flag for the first time at Iowa Speedway before an estimated crowd of 56,000. The rookie driver quickly worked his way into the second spot by lap nine.
The third caution flag flew on lap 38 for a single-car incident in Turn 1. This gave crew chief Jerry Baxter the opportunity to fix the ill-handling No. 99 machine. Two right-side tires, fuel and a minor chassis adjustment were in order on the blue and white Toyota. Unfortunately, a tire got away from the over-the-wall crew and Bayne was forced to wait in the pit box for a few seconds and lost five positions. Bayne restarted seventh on lap 46.
Great adjustments to the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine, coupled with great stops performed by the No. 99 pit crew, continued to aid Bayne's solid top 10 run.
However, bad luck struck the Aaron's Dream Machine team on lap 152 when Bayne and the No. 1 of Mike Bliss got together in Turn 4. Bayne was forced to pit road for several laps to make repairs on the No. 99 Toyota.
The unfortunate incident relegated the rookie driver to 26th, six laps down to the leaders, in the final rundown.
Brad Keselowski grabbed his second win of the season followed by Kyle Busch, Jason Leffler, Carl Edwards and Kelly Bires.
TREVOR BAYNE: "Our No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota was really good for the race. We struggled a lot during the open test session and practice but Jerry (Baxter) made some great changes and our car was super fast for the race. I just made a small mistake and got myself into trouble and hit the wall going into Turn 4. I just have to thank all my guys for all the hard work they put in this weekend. We had a great car that was capable of finishing in the top five."
Next week, the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to the Empire State for round 23 of the 35-race tour.
Patrick Carpentier will be behind the wheel of the No. 99 Toyota for the Zippo 200 from Watkins Glen International for the first road course of the season.