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Bayne released from Mayo Clinic; time frame for return unknown

June 30, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

Condition not life-threatening or career-ending; time frame for return unknown

CONCORD, N.C. -- Trevor Bayne has been released from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after being admitted last week for testing and evaluation. The 20-year old Daytona 500 winner will continue to be monitored closely by the Mayo Clinic team. He is expected to return to his NASCAR racing duties with both Roush Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series and the Wood Brothers in the Sprint Cup Series this season. He will not, however, be in Roush Fenway's No. 16 Nationwide entry this weekend at Darlington Raceway. The Wood Brothers' No. 21 Cup car is not entered at Darlington.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, Bayne posted the following on his Twitter account: "I know I'm right where God wants me to be! finally going back to nc today! Waiting patiently to get better! Thanks everyone!"

Bayne

A time frame for Bayne's return has not been set at this point.

"Trevor Bayne was seen by a team of Mayo Clinic specialists where he underwent a series of tests and consultations over the last week," said Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Brian Crum. "He was admitted after suffering from nausea, fatigue and vision impairment. Since his admission, the nausea and fatigue have abated, and the vision impairment continues to be treated with medication, and is showing significant improvement.

"This symptom appears to be the result of an inflammatory condition. Further assessments will be made over the next couple of weeks. His condition is not life-threatening or career-ending. We expect he will continue to improve, though the time frame for his return to racing is unknown at this point. He will continue to be followed closely by his Mayo Clinic team."

Bayne was first hospitalized April 9 after the Sprint Cup Series race at Texas. He was released the following day and attributed his symptoms -- which also included swelling and numbness -- to an apparent insect, tick or spider bite.

Bayne raced April 17 at Talladega, but a recurrence of his symptoms prompted his admission to the Mayo Clinic, where Bayne has been undergoing tests since April 26.

Chris Buescher, who drove the Roush Fenway's No. 16 Nationwide car last week at Richmond, will again fill in for Bayne this weekend at Darlington. Team officials are hopeful for Bayne's return at Dover International Speedway the following week.

Bayne's next scheduled Cup event with the Wood Brothers is the Sprint All-Star Race on May 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He earned his eligibility for that race by winning the Daytona 500 in February in his second Cup start.

Sporting News Wire Service contributed to this report.