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Bayne treated and released from hospital after insect bite

April 10, 2011, David Caraviello,

Trevor Bayne spent much of Sunday in a North Carolina hospital because of effects of an unknown insect bite.

The Daytona 500 champion posted a message with the news of the bite on his Twitter feed early Sunday morning. "Not sure if it's a spider bite or a tick bite ... But either way I'm in a hospital bed with a needle in my arm," Bayne wrote after returning home from Saturday night's Sprint Cup event at Texas Motor Speedway.


Bayne's Roush Fenway Racing team confirmed later Sunday that the driver had indeed been hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center University Hospital in Charlotte after suffering a reaction from apparent insect bite on his left elbow. Bayne suffered the bite last week while at home, the team said. He underwent tests that included blood work to determine the cause of the reaction.

Bayne drives for Roush Fenway on the Nationwide Series, in addition to a limited Sprint Cup campaign for the Wood Brothers, the team for which he won the Daytona 500 in February. Sunday evening, Bayne posted another message on Twitter saying he had been released from the hospital. "Still not sure what bit me," he wrote, "but I'm home from the hospital and good to go!"

Added Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark: "Trevor has been treated and released from the hospital and is fine to continue with his daily activities -- including driving a race car," Newmark said in a statement. "Doctors are still waiting for the test results to determine for sure what caused the reaction, but Trevor has been treated, is at home and he is doing fine."

Bayne, a 20-year-old native of Knoxville, Tenn., finished 17th Saturday at Texas, recording his best result since winning at Daytona. The night before he placed 13th in the Nationwide event on the Fort Worth track. He is scheduled to compete in both events this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Newmark said.