Days before wedding, Bayne nabs top-five finish
June 01, 2013, Holly Cain, NASCAR.com
DOVER, Del. -- Trevor Bayne continually wiped the sweat off his forehead after climbing out of his No. 6 Ford EcoBoost Ford at Dover International Speedway. And no, it had nothing to do with him being nervous about his wedding this Tuesday.
The cooling system in Bayne’s car wasn’t working properly in the 90-degree Dover heat.
Despite the intense conditions inside the cockpit, Bayne motored to a fourth place finish in the 5-Hour ENERGY 200 -- his third fourth-place of the season and second consecutive top-10.
The showing moved him up to 10th in the Nationwide Series championship, only 37 points behind fifth-place Austin Dillon.
“I was really proud of these guys and the car they gave me,’’ Bayne said. “We’ve had a few bad runs but now a couple good ones and we’ve got to keep I going. Eventually it will get us to victory lane.
“I’m really pumped,’’ Bayne said grinning. “I was hoping to win my last race as a single man, although I guess I’m not really single at this point.
“Maybe I’ll get the first as a married man at Iowa (next week).’’
THREE IN A ROW
Rookie Kyle Larson collected his third consecutive top-10 finish on Saturday -- his fourth in the past five races and sixth of the season. But even the 20-year old admitted it was a tough day inside the car with the extreme heat.
“It’s definitely the hottest I’ve raced in this year, maybe ever in my career racing,’’ Larson said.
“If I’m ever gonna race in the Cup series I gotta get used to this. So just gotta keep training hard. … Well, I really don’t really train, but keep racing and learn how to deal with the heat a little better.’’
Larson leads the Rookie standings and is ninth overall in the championship ahead of a very solid rookie class including Alex Bowman (11th), Nelson Piquet Jr. (13th), Jeffrey Earnhardt (19th) and Dexter Stacey (23rd).
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