USAR: Myrtle Beach CS: Race report

Bayne Wins Bi-Lo 250 Youngster Wins in Wild Finish at Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- It's safe to say that Trevor Bayne likes green-white-checkered finishes. After going from fifth to second in the final two laps at Iowa Speedway, Bayne went...

Bayne Wins Bi-Lo 250
Youngster Wins in Wild Finish at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- It's safe to say that Trevor Bayne likes green-white-checkered finishes. After going from fifth to second in the final two laps at Iowa Speedway, Bayne went from fourth to first in the final two laps at Myrtle Beach Speedway to win the Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Service on Saturday, Oct. 6.

"These green-white-checkers have been good to me," said Bayne, driver of the No. 29s Aaron's/DEI Chevrolet. "I was kinda worried, though. There were two guys [Ben Stancill and Mike Garvey] right in front of me that had brand new tires on. Keith [Hinkein], my crew chief, told me to stay calm and we could do it."

Bayne did it, but he wasn't exactly calm.

With leader A.J. Frank on old tires, Ben Stanicll, Mike Garvey and Bayne lined up behind Frank for the restart. Stancill made it past Frank before Turn 1. In bold move, Bayne did too.

Bayne split Garvey and Frank to take second right after the restart and bounced his way past Stancill on the final lap to take his second win of the season.

"We went three-wide for second and caught the No. 9 car for the lead," said Bayne. "We made a clean pass for the win. Amazing! Overall, it was a real clean race tonight."

Despite the race only being slowed by three cautions, Stancill, driver of the No. 9n Stancill Farms Ford, probably wishes it would have been a little cleaner. Stancill was pulling away towards his first Pro Cup victory when Mark McFarland bounced off the Turn 2 wall to bring out the final caution of the night and set up the two-lap dash for the win.

"If that caution wouldn't have come out with five to go, we would have won the race," said Stancill, who finished second. "If we would have been better on sticker tires, we would've won, too. But I'm happy with second."

Mike Garvey, driver of the No. 17 JaniKing Ford, came home third, but he wasn't exactly thrilled.

"Those last few laps were ridiculous," said Garvey, who led eight laps. "Trevor could've wrecked us all with a move like that. I don't like people blasting off everyone like that. But he won."

Bayne's win pushes him from fourth to second in points, only 15 points behind Bobby Gill.

A.J. Frank, driver of the No. 56n Camping World Chevrolet, opted not to pit on the final caution and slipped to fourth at the finish.

"I was surprised that everybody came in," said Frank. "I wasn't sure how many cars were still on the lead lap. But we were fourth when the caution came out and we finished fourth."

There were plenty of other drivers that would've taken fourth at Myrtle Beach.

Jay Fogleman, Jody Lavender and Gary St. Amant had cars that were capable of winning, but none were able to make it to the finish.

St. Amant, driver of the No. 7n Chevrolet, was the first driver to have problems. After safely navigating his way from 14th to third by Lap 160, St. Amant's car lost power coming off Turn 2 on Lap 165. St. Amant, who came into the race second in points, returned to the track later, but he completed just five more circuits and finished 31st.

Lavender, driver of the No. 4n Greased Lightning Ford, was the next potential winner to fall by the wayside. In his strongest showing of the season, Lavender tracked down race-leader Frank Deiny Jr. on Lap 43 and took command of the race, building nearly a five-second lead over the next 30 laps.

Lavender's teammate, Fogleman, chased him down as the race neared the 100-lap mark. Though he lost the lead on Lap 93, Lavender was still in contention until his car began to smoke on Lap 175. With each lap, the plume grew bigger, forcing Lavender from the event on Lap 189.

Fogleman, driver of the No. 4s The Works Ford, looked to have the same problem as his teammate a few laps later. While running third, Fogleman was forced to take his smoking machine behind the wall on Lap 208

Though three contenders fell by the wayside, three still remained.

Over the final 50 laps, Bayne, Stancill and Garvey exchanged the lead six times while lapping their way up to fourth place.

Garvey chased down Bayne on Lap 199 and took the lead for the first time of the night. In a foreshadowing of things to come, Bayne made a bold move in traffic to retake the lead from Garvey on Lap 207.

Stancill followed Bayne past Garvey to move into second and started to pressure for the lead. On Lap 231, Stancill took the lead for the first time in the Hooters Pro Cup Series, slipping past Bayne in Turn 2.

With each lap, Stancill's lead grew and Bayne's optimism waned.

"I was starting to lose hope there," said Bayne. "But you can't do that, because you never know what is going to happen in these races."


Richard Boswell, driver of the No. 7s Laughlin Performance/Gaerte Engines Chevrolet, rounded out the top five.

Point leader Bobby Gill, driver of the No. 06s USG Sheetrock Brand Ford, has a so-so night and finished 11th. Gill's point lead was trimmed to just 15 points by Trevor Bayne.

Brandon Ward, Chase Pistone, Matt Hawkins, Benny Gordon and Derek Kale completed the top 10.

The Bi-Lo 250 was slowed three times for 29 laps of caution and featured 13 lead changes among eight drivers.

Bi-Lo 250 Notebook

I know you're watching...
Trevor Bayne and Joey Logano are often compared to one another. It comes with good reason.

Logano, who was in attendance on Saturday night, is the youngest winner in the history of the series, Bayne is the second youngest winner in the series and both seemed destined for greatness. But Bayne hopes to one-up his friend in the end.

"I'll take [being the youngest champion] over being the youngest winner," said the 16-year-old Bayne. "But, hopefully, I can tie him up in wins in the next few races."

How close are they?

In 32 Hooters Pro Cup starts, Logano scored three wins. Through his first 29 Hooters Pro Cup starts, Bayne has two wins.

Ungraceful Ending
Trevor Bayne's bold moves at the end of the race weren't graceful, but they sure were effective. Though nobody lost control of their cars in the final two-lap sprint, Mike Garvey wasn't too appreciative of the aggressive moves made by Bayne in the final dash to the finish of the Bi-Lo 250.

"We could have raced like you're supposed to race, not like cavemen," said Garvey. "Trevor just comes banging in there like a bull in a China shop. He about wrecked everybody. He's a good racer, but that's not how you race. But if he wants to race like that, we can race like that, too."

All is well
Richard Boswell had few answers to why JR Motorsports isn't fielding cars for him in the Championship Series, but all is well for Boswell.

The rookie driver, with help from Mike Laughlin Jr. and former JR Motorsports driver Shane Huffman, picked up his first Awesome Awnings Pole of the season and finished fifth in the Bi-Lo 250 in a car fielded by Laughlin Performance.

"It's only my second time in this car," said Boswell, who now drives the No. 7s Laughlin Performance/Gaerte Engines Chevrolet. "To take this car, qualify on the pole and finish fifth ain't too bad. I have to thank Mike Laughlin Jr. for this opportunity."

With the top-five finish, Boswell jumped to second in the rookie standings, just 53 behind Brandon Ward with two races remaining.

Only as good as your word
Ben Stancill failed to qualify for the time of the season at Iowa Speedway. So how did he forget the early exit at Iowa and focus on Myrtle Beach?

"I told Buggy [Pletcher, team owner], 'Just go to Myrtle Beach and give me a car capable of winning and I could do it.' I was a little worried after needing a provisional to make the race, but he told me to be steady, not spin the tires and we'd be there at the end. We were there."

After a DNF at Mansfield and the DNQ at Iowa, Stancill's runner-up finish pushed him to 19th in the points.

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Trevor Bayne , Jody Lavender , Mark McFarland , Mike Garvey , Shane Huffman , Joey Logano , Ben Stancill , A.J. Frank , Richard Boswell
Teams JR Motorsports