* This week's No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota at Gateway International Raceway ... Trevor Bayne will pilot Chassis No. 046 from the Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable this weekend at Gateway International Raceway. Scott...
* This week's No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota at Gateway International Raceway ... Trevor Bayne will pilot Chassis No. 046 from the Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable this weekend at Gateway International Raceway. Scott Speed drove this No. 99 machine at Darlington Raceway in May. He finished 13th after being involved in two separate incidents on the race track.
* Nationwide Stats ... In five NNS starts, the Knoxville, Tenn., native has an 10.6 starting average coupled with an 17.4 finishing average. He has completed 1,071 of the 1,175 total laps run this season.
* Vote, Vote, Vote ... Go to www.nascar.com and cast your votes for Bayne as the 2009 Most Popular Driver of the Year Award. Fans may vote or submit a write-in candidate once per day and are encouraged to vote throughout the season. Voting ends Oct. 31 for the NNS. Results will be announced at each of the respective series' season-end banquets.
* After 18 ... Over the season's first 18 races, the No. 99 team has notched three top-10 and 10 top-15 finishes. The MWR team sits 18th in the owners' point standings. They are five points out of 17th and only 78 points out of the top 15.
* Autograph Signing ... Bayne will sign autographs on Friday, July 17 from 4:30 -- 5:30 p.m. local time on the GIR pit road.
* Meet the Driver ... Bayne will sign autographs at the Aaron's store located at 1068 Lemay Ferry Rd., St. Louis, Mo., from 1-2 p.m. Fri., July 17.
* Meet the Driver Part Two ... Bayne along with several other NNS driver will do a Q & A at the GIR midway on Sat., July 18 at 5:45 local time.
How do you prepare for race tracks you've never been to?
"I used to do the sim racing and stuff. Like when we were going to Nashville I got on the ARCA sim racer and played it but the set-ups are so different, lifting points are different. The tracks are very similar looking and you can kind of tell if there's an arc here or whatever but driving style is going to be totally different with the sim racing to this unless you have a perfect set-up where you can drive it off in the corner. That kind of screwed me up going to Nashville I was too easy getting into turn three and that was just from a mindset of playing the video games. It's crazy how it confuses you. I've kind of laid off that. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) has been giving me a few videos. He got me a tape to watch for this weekend from a race a couple of years ago and that kind of stuff helps me out a lot. The biggest thing is talking to guys like David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip even, they've been a big support and Mike Bliss as well. They've all helped me out a ton every race track we've been to so far, they've been an open notebook and really put everything out there for me."