LAS VEGAS — Trevor Bayne is looking for ways to extend his racing career — and he drove as if his life depended on it.
Bayne scrapped and clawed for a ninth-place finish on Sunday to follow his fourth-place run in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas. What Bayne gets for his effort is a week off. Unless sponsorship is forthcoming to keep the 2011 Daytona 500 winner in a Nationwide car at Bristol, he won’t race next Sunday.
“A top-10 feels like a win to us, especially with how hard we had to fight all day,” said Bayne, who is running a 13-race Cup schedule for Wood Brothers Racing. “We got the lucky dog (free pass to the lead lap) one time, but we stayed on the lead lap for the majority of every run except for one.
“The sun coming out (late in the race) really helped us. It freed up the car some and (crew chief) Donnie (Wingo) and my engineer worked hard to figure that out, but this is what we needed.Â We needed some momentum. We hadn’t had a top 10 since Daytona (2011), and it feels good to be back at it.”