Misfortune Strikes Bayne, No. 99 Racing Team in Nashville Lebanon, Tenn. (June 8, 2009) -- A competitive run for the 18-year-old, Trevor Bayne, was dashed Saturday night when the Knoxville, Tenn., native was collected in an incident on lap 124...
Misfortune Strikes Bayne, No. 99 Racing Team in Nashville
Lebanon, Tenn. (June 8, 2009) -- A competitive run for the 18-year-old, Trevor Bayne, was dashed Saturday night when the Knoxville, Tenn., native was collected in an incident on lap 124 and left with a 28th-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.
In time trials Saturday afternoon, Bayne lapped the suburban-Nashville oval in 29.834 seconds (160.850 mph). The young Bayne was atop the scoring pylon for the majority of qualifying until Kyle Busch busted out a lap .036 quicker relegated the No. 99 team to the second-starting spot for Saturday's 225-lap race.
Making only his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start, Bayne took the green flag on the outside of row one. During the opening laps, Bayne fell back to 15th but began to settle in and slowly worked his way back to ninth when green flag pits stops started on lap 61.
Crew Chief Jerry Baxter summoned his rookie driver to pit road five laps later for four tires, fuel, and a slight air pressure adjustment to help with the loose-handling condition. Once the field cycled through the green flag pit stops Bayne was listed in the ninth position.
The third caution flag flew on lap 113 for a single-car incident in turn two. This allowed the No. 99 team another opportunity to hit pit road. A routine four tire pit stop including a chassis and air pressure adjustment were in order for the No. 99 team. Bayne was listed 11th when green-flag racing resumed on lap 120.
During the next couple of laps, Bayne was cautiously moving through the field when disaster struck in turn four. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. lost control of his No. 16 machine and collected four other cars in the process including the No. 99 Toyota. Bayne was forced behind the wall for repairs but they were only able to make two more laps before they were forced to call it a night. Bayne was credited with a 28th-place finish.
Kyle Busch grabbed his fourth win of the season followed by Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Mike Bliss and Jason Leffler.
Next week, the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for round 14 on the 35-race tour. The Meijer 300 will take the green flag Saturday, June 13, with Bayne behind the wheel of the No. 99 machine. Race coverage will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying will air live on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. EDT.
TREVOR BAYNE QUOTE:
"We had a really good run going and I just got caught up in someone else's mistake. I just have to thank Michael (Waltrip) and Gary Bechtel for this wonderful opportunity. I learned a lot this weekend for Jerry (Baxter) and all the No. 99 guys and I am looking forward to running seven more races with these guys."