Texas Two-Step for Bayne
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on April 11, 2013 | 11:20 P.M. EST
“I love Texas. Somehow we’ve always been fast there and it seems like big things happen there every time." (Photo: Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, Texas - Trevor Bayne will be doing double duty at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, running in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.
His weekend will begin with Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race behind the wheel of the Roush Fenway Ford. Bayne enters the weekend sixth in the series point standings and hopes a return to the track where he scored his first career win will kick-start his year.
"I love Texas," Bayne said. "We’ve always been fast here and it seems like big things happen every time. In 2010, I got my first Cup start. In 2011, we got our first Nationwide win. I’d love to get another Nationwide win and (wear) that cowboy hat in Victory Lane."
Bayne has had some success in the early going in 2013 but has struggled, too. After a couple weeks off, he’s hoping to return refreshed and ready to resume his charge for a Nationwide Series title.
"It was a good reset button for us to be able to go test at Kansas and learn some things that, hopefully, we can use in Texas," Bayne said. "We were fast in Las Vegas and that’s our Texas setup so hopefully, we can lead laps and win. We need that to give us a kick in the butt, move us up in the standings and get us rolling for the rest of the season."
Bayne’s driving duties won’t end when the checkered flag flies Friday night. He’ll transition to the Wood Brothers Sprint Cup Series ride for Saturday night’s seventh race of the season. Bayne has five career Cup starts at Texas, more than any other track except Daytona. That has crew chief Donnie Wingo looking forward to the weekend.
"Trevor’s experience at Texas gives him more confidence going in," Wingo said. "And with it being a night race, he seems to do better when the track has more grip."
Wingo took a pair of Ford Fusions to Texas this week, one specifically for Thursday's open test, and the second one prepared for Friday’s practices and qualifying. The veteran crew chief says there’s a method to his madness.
"Even though the test Thursday was with a different car, it’ll help us get a baseline setup for the race," Wingo said. "And with two practices on Friday, the first one will allow us to get a better handle on the race setup."