Trevor Bayne Falls Victim to the Monster Mile in Camping World East Event; 17-Year-Old Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Development Driver Caught Up In Early Wreck at Dover Concord, NC (September 23, 2008) -- The Dover International Speedway in Dover, ...
Trevor Bayne Falls Victim to the Monster Mile in Camping World East Event; 17-Year-Old Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Development Driver Caught Up In Early Wreck at Dover
Concord, NC (September 23, 2008) -- The Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, is known as "The Monster Mile" due to its nature of demolishing racecars on its fast concrete mile-long oval. So when the NASCAR Camping World East racers headed to the track for the Sunoco 150 on Friday, September 19th, they were hoping the monster would be sleeping on that day, allowing the racers to circle the track for 150 laps of racing action with minimal chaos.
Trevor Bayne was one of those drivers hoping to escape the wrath of the creature, but early contact between the leaders caused the monster to wake up, grab a hold of his #1 DEI Chevy and throw it into the spin cycle and out of contention to win the race.
The day started off solid for Bayne with a strong run in practice, which parleyed into a solid starting position in third.
"We unloaded okay after testing there," said Bayne. "We kind of knew where we wanted to be off the trailer. I think we were tenth fastest or somewhere in there for the first practice. When we went back out for the second practice, we were fourth fastest, so we were making progress. Then we went out for qualifying and the track had picked up about a second from what we were running in practice, so I just held my breath the whole time during qualifying. I guess we had a pretty decent lap."
Early-race patience is needed to get through a complete race at Dover. Bayne was prepared to race hard, but smart through the first phase of the race. Unfortunately the competition ahead of him decided otherwise, collecting Bayne and a few others in an early incident.
"We were riding around, and it was so early in the race," explained Bayne. "In a place like Dover, you have to do a lot of give. They emphasized a lot on it in the driver's meeting; that we just need to be careful and use our heads.
There was a lapped car that got in the way pretty bad and they (the two leaders) went three wide with the lapped car, which in my opinion on lap 20 isn't the smartest thing to do when you have the two fastest cars on the race track. They spun right in front of me and I had nowhere to go. When I lifted off the gas and dropped down below the wreck, I thought I had it cleared, then I got a bump from behind just because everything happens so fast there at Dover. I got pushed right into it and knocked the whole right front off."
Bayne attempted to recover from the incident, but the monster reached out two more times, forcing the #1 DEI Chevy to finish 21st.
"We fought back and almost got the lucky dog and a caution came out. Then another car came through there wide open and never lifted after the caution came out, hitting us in the left rear. That gave us a flat tire, so we had to come in and pit. Then at the end I cut down a right front with ten to go. It was just a rough day for our #1 DEI team, but luckily one of our teammates (Aric Almirola) got the win, so that was pretty cool."
Trevor Bayne will be back behind the wheel of the #1 DEI Chevy for the final race in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World East Series at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, on Sunday, September 28th.