November 6, 2011
Finally! Bayne wins
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
FORT WORTH, TEX. - It has been a long time between celebrations for 20-year-old Trevor Bayne.
But he finally found his way back to Victory Lane Saturday in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang — his first win since shocking the NASCAR world last February by winning the Daytona 500.
And Danica Patrick, making her first NNS start since ending her IZOD IndyCar career was a very respectable 11th in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Bayne got to his first NNS win by battling RFR teammate Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin — substituting for a banned Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing — on the final restart.
“This is just as surreal as the 500,” Bayne said. “That’s hard to say, but this has been so long. We’ve worked so hard to get our first Nationwide win and I wasn’t sure if it was ever gonna happen.”
In the process Bayne capped the NNS manufacturers championship for Ford.
“The fashion we were able to win that race, going up and racing against one of the best in motorsports in Carl Edwards, to pass him for the win and get Ford this manufacturer championship and put our effort into it is great,” he said.
Edwards, who is fighting for a Sprint Cup championship, said that the youngster deserved the win at TMS.
“He earned that one,” Edwards said. “He drove really well. That restart he did a really good job.”
Hamlin also got by Edwards to earn second place.
Edwards came home third, followed by Clint Bowyer in the No. 33 Chevrolet and Brad Keselowski in the No. 22 Dodge.