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Bayne gets first career Nationwide win at Texas

November 07, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nearly nine months after winning the Daytona 500 in his first attempt, Trevor Bayne finally got his first victory in NASCAR's second-tier series.

Bayne powered past Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards after a restart on Lap 194 of 200 and held off hard-charging Denny Hamlin for the victory in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.


2.Denny Hamlin Toyota
3.Carl Edwards Ford
4.Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
5.Brad Keselowski Dodge

Bayne crossed the finish line .142 seconds ahead of Hamlin, who started from the rear of the field after Kyle Busch, scheduled to drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was parked for the weekend for wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr. in Friday night's Truck Series race.

Edwards, who dominated the event until the final caution flew on Lap 189, after Jason Leffler scraped the Turn 4 wall, came home third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski.

Coincidentally, Texas was the track where Bayne first started feeling sick in April from what was assumed to have been an insect or tick bite. Illness sidelined the 20-year-old driver for approximately six weeks, and during that time he underwent extensive tests for what he believes was Lyme disease.

For Bayne, 2011 has been a year of extreme highs and lows -- from the Daytona 500 win to the illness to intense criticism two weeks ago at Talladega for breaking a promise to drafting partner Jeff Gordon to Saturday's maiden win in the Nationwide Series.

"I don't know if you could script a story like the year I've had," Bayne said. "It's crazy to think only one year ago I was making my first Cup start [at Texas]. To come back to Texas and get our first Nationwide win, this is a place I'm going to love from now on."

Series leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished sixth and expanded his margin to 17 points over pole-sitter Elliott Sadler, who finished ninth.

Bayne pushed Edwards out front on the Lap 194 restart, then ducked inside his teammate and fought for the lead. One lap later, he secured the top position and held it the rest of the way, as Hamlin passed Edwards for second in the closing laps.

"Going into the last restart, I knew that our car was going to be really strong for a short run," Bayne said. "We were able to push Carl out front, and once he got out front, we actually cleared the 18 [Hamlin]. Had I not cleared the 18, I don't know if we could have won the race, but fortunately we had enough power to get by him and get to the bottom and get on Carl's left rear a little bit and get by him.


• Trevor Bayne scores his first career Nationwide win in his 77th start.
• Bayne becomes the 11th different driver to win at Texas Motor Speedway.
• Bayne is the third driver to get his first win at Texas Motor Speedway, (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch).
• Bayne becomes the youngest driver to win at Texas Motor Speedway, (20 years, 8 months and 17 days).
• Roush Fenway gets its 124th Nationwide win.
• RFR earns its seventh win at Texas Motor speedway, most of all organizations.
• Ford gets its eighth win at Texas Motor Speedway.
• Ford clinches the manufacturers' championship.
• Denny Hamlin (second) matches his best TMS finish set in '07 after replacing a parked Kyle Busch in the No. 18.
• Carl Edwards (third) scores his eighth consecutive top-five finish of 2011; he led the most laps for the 12th time in 2011 which ranks third all-time for most races leading the most laps in the Nationwide Series behind Kyle Busch with 17 in 2009 and 14 in 2010.
• Clint Bowyer (fourth) now has top-four finishes in his past three Nationwide starts.
• Brad Keselowski (fifth) scores his sixth consecutive top-five finish at Texas.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (sixth) scores his seventh consecutive top-10 finish of '11, extends point lead to 17 over Elliott Sadler.
• Sam Hornish Jr. (seventh) scores his fourth career top-10 finish; all four came in his past eight starts.
• Elliott Sadler (ninth) lost two points to points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. after getting his 23rd top-10 finish of 2011.
• Danica Patrick (11th) scores her fourth top-11 finish in 10 starts this season.
• Kenny Wallace (13th) made his 520th series start, the most of all drivers.

"These are the kinds of [races] you've always wanted to win as a driver. That's the driver I want everybody to know that I can be, the guy that can get it done at the end, and I'm glad that we were finally able to do that."