By admin | June 27, 2010
By Richard Allen
Yes, hard to believe as it may be, there were drivers other than Danica Patrick competing in the New England 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.
One of those ‘other’ drivers was Knoxville’s Trevor Bayne who posted a career best 5th place result driving a Toyota for Diamond-Waltrip Racing.
Bayne’s previous best finish had been a 6th in Las Vegas earlier this season.
“This was a great run for our Out! Pet Care Toyota today,” an obviously excited Bayne said after the race. “It couldn’t have come at a better time.”
In the five race stretch between Richmond and Nashville, Bayne had posted a series of strong qualifying efforts only to find disappointment on race day. However, beginning in Kentucky things started to change for the young driver.
“We really needed these strong runs coming on because we went through a little slump in the middle of the season but we had an 11th at Kentucky, a 10th at Road America and now a 5th here,” he said.
The finish moved the driver who has so many times this season found himself swept into messes created by others up one spot to the 10th position in the Nationwide Series standings. It was his third top-10 of the year.
“Our car was really strong all day,” Bayne declared. “We had a really uneventful day and rode up front in the top-10 and top-5 all day. That makes for a fun race.”
Bayne and the rest of the Nationwide Series will head to Daytona next week for the Independence Day weekend.
Oh, and by the way, the driver who received far more attention than Bayne or anyone else posted her best career Nationwide Series finish as well. Danica finished 30th.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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