This may wind up being THE Feel Good story of the 2011 Nascar Sprint Cup season. Trevor Bayne from Knoxville, TN won his first ever Sprint Cup race (in only his second start) in the #21 Wood Brothers Ford the day after he turned 20. He becomes the youngest driver to win The Great American Race replacing Jeff Gordon who was an aged 25 when he won it in 1997.
This was no fluke where everybody else crashed out leaving him the last car on the track either. He ran strong all day…all WEEK on the newly paved super speedway drafting with the likes of Jeff Gordon himself. The #21 Wood Bros. Ford was a strong pusher in the new two car draft racing at Daytona. During the last quarter of the race he pushed another young driver David Ragan (26) in the #6 Roush Fenway Racing UPS Ford.
On the second to last restart Bayne lost his drafting partner when Ragan was black flagged for changing lanes before the start/finish line and was penalized. On the second Green White Checkered restart Bayne had Nascar veteran Bobby Labonte pushing him to the lead where he managed to hold off a charging Carl Edwards who would finish a strong second. David Gilliland came in third making it a 1 2 3 finish for Ford Racing.
I am old enough to be this kid’s Father! I imagine both his parents are very proud of their young son. he had a life changing day. If you’re a parent of a young Nascar fan, you won’t find a better role model for them. Trevor is a good kid, get used to hearing his name because he’s going to be the next big thing!