Trevor Bayne has finished on the lead lap in his last three attempts on short, flat tracks. He went the full distance in both Richmond International Raceway races and at New Hampshire—earning a best result of 14th in the Federated 400 in the process.
Trevor Bayne made his third Richmond International Raceway start this spring in the Toyota Owners 400 and finished on the lead lap for the first time in his career. He started 17th and finished 17th, which was also his career best finish and starting position. The race was lined up by the rule book, however.
In four previous starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Trevor Bayne has improved in every race. He debuted with a 34th way back in 2011 for the Wood Bros., finished 28th in his first Roush ride last spring, was 15th last fall, and fifth this spring.
Trevor Bayne is gaining ground on the top 15 in points with recent solid runs. In the last six races of this season, he has finished 11th or better three times with a season-best third at Daytona International Speedway.
Trevor Bayne kept his Chase hopes alive with a top-10 finish at Watkins Glen International in the Cheez-it 355. He finished one spot behind the driver 14th in the points’ standings and could conceivably make up the 38 markers that separate him from contention.
This weekend’s events at Watkins Glen International mark the first time since the conclusion of the 2014 season that Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion, will compete in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Trevor Bayne recorded a lap of 173.534 mph and will line up 31st on Sunday at Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania 400. He also qualified in the 30s two weeks ago on another flat track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and this spring on the minimally-banked Martinsville Speedway.
Trevor Bayne has finished in a narrow band of 13th through 23rd the four of his five flat track starts this season. His best effort of 13th came on the other 2.5-miler of Pocono Raceway.
Trevor Bayne struggled through nine flat track races in 2015 and at the start of 2016. In that span of event, he had only one lead lap finish. His last two attempts on minimally-banked courses resulted in complete races and top-20 results. Bayne was 17th at Richmond International Raceway in April and 13th at Pocono Raceway in June.
Trevor Bayne survived minimal crash damage late in the Coke Zero 400 when Tony Stewart got loose and over-corrected with about 12 laps remaining at Daytona International Speedway. He tucked into the draft and finished with a season-best third.
Trevor Bayne failed to record a single top-15 in the first six races of 2015. His average in that span of event was a disappointing 22.8. He advanced to the final round of qualification at Texas Motor Speedway and finished 15th, which has made all the difference in his season.
Trevor Bayne was the fastest driver who failed to make the final round of qualification at Michigan International Speedway for the Firekeepers Casino 400. His speed of 197.873 mph was good enough for 13th on the grid.
While the rookie leaders Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney worried about one another on a late-race restart, Trevor Bayne poked his Ford in the middle line. In a photo finish, he edged Elliott by the smallest of margins and will advance to the All-star race.
Trevor Bayne has scored three top-10s in 2016. Notably, all three have come in the past six races (at Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega SuperSpeedway, and Dover International Speedway). Along with a 15th at Texas Motor Speedway and 17th at Richmond International Raceway, he has been one of the best values in salary cap games.