Backup Cars for Bayne, Kahne
By: Robbie Mays - @robbiemays | MRN.com on April 8, 2017 | 1:20 P.M. EST
Bayne was scheduled to start 12th in Sunday's race at Texas but will now be forced to the rear of the field after going to a backup car. (Photo: Getty Images)
Trevor Bayne smacked the wall in Turn 1 of final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday and will be forced to a backup car for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.
Bayne had just completed his sixth lap in practice, putting up a best speed of 192.781 mph before having problems in Turn 1.
“I’m incredibly sorry to my team,” Bayne said. "Basically I wrecked the fastest car I’ve ever had. It’s really frustrating for me. It’s been a picture perfect weekend. We’ve had a really good car.”
"I just got in the gray getting in turn 1. I didn’t overdrive it, the car didn’t really get that loose. To be as fast as we were I kept moving the entry out little bits at a time and getting the car pointed for the center,” Bayne said. "It was working. We were top of the board. I just crossed the line by an inch and i got in the gray and it was gone. As soon as it happened you know you were in trouble.”
Bayne’s Roush Fenway Racing team was able to get his backup car on track before the final session ended.
Bayne is another in a line of drivers this weekend forced to a backup car after on-track accidents during practice - both Erik Jones and Chase Elliott crashed their primary cars on Friday. READ MORE
Bayne was 12th fastest in Friday’s qualifying session but will move to the rear of the field for the start of Sunday’s 500-mile race.
“Hopefully our backup car is as good as the primary,” Bayne said. "I’m so proud of what we’re doing right now. It’s so frustrating to have the best car i’ve ever had here and have an issue.”
Kasey Kahne also smacked the wall off Turn 2 in the closing minutes of Saturday’s practice. His team confirmed via twitter that Kahne will indeed be forced to a backup car for Sunday’s race, making him the fourth driver in a backup car this weekend.
Jimmie Johnson turned the fastest single lap during the session at 194.812 mph with teammate Chase Elliott second, Kyle Larson third, Aric Almirola fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.