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Bayne to return to action at Chicagoland

May 25, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will return to racing June 4 in the Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday.

Bayne has been sidelined since the April 17 Sprint Cup race at Talladega by an illness thought to be the result of an insect or tick bite. He began experiencing swelling, nausea, numbness and impaired vision after the Cup race at Martinsville in early April and has spent time at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota as doctors sought to identify the malady.

Though no specific diagnosis has been announced, Bayne's symptoms have subsided, and RFR has set his return to the No. 16 Ford for the non-companion event at Chicagoland. Bayne plans to drive the No. 21 Wood Brothers Cup car two weeks later at Michigan.

"By all standards Trevor had a great week," RFR president Steve Newmark said in a team release. "His symptoms have completely subsided. He tested at Virginia International Raceway on Tuesday, had one of the fastest Nationwide Series cars on the race track and his team was extremely pleased with his progress. As a result, we plan to have him back in competition next week in Chicago, and have consulted with his doctors at the Mayo Clinic and the NASCAR medical staff about that timetable.

"Of course, Trevor is a competitor and he wanted to be back on the race track this weekend [at Charlotte]. However, we feel it is in his best interest for us to exercise an abundance of caution with this matter and withhold him from racing this weekend -- especially considering the length of the races and the fact that Trevor is just starting to get back into his daily routine. Although Trevor would have preferred to compete in all 900 miles this weekend, he respects and understands our decision and will shift his considerable focus to his return at Chicagoland next weekend."