FORT WORTH, Tex. – Moments after posting the fastest lap in the first six minutes of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice on Saturday, Trevor Bayne lost control of his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and obliterated the car against the Turn 2 wall.
“Basically, I wrecked the best race car I ever had,” Bayne said after exiting the infield care center. “It’s really disappointing for me. I just got into the gray getting into Turn 1. I got the right rear just a little bit in the gray, and it was gone. As soon as that happens, you know you’re in trouble, but you can’t go back.
“We’ll just have to be really disciplined in the race not to make mistakes like that. Hopefully, the backup car is as good as the primary. They do a really good job at Roush Fenway Racing of making sure our cars are consistent. Man, I’m so proud of what we’re doing right now. It’s just frustrating that I had the best car I’ve ever had here and had an issue.”
Because he was forced to go to a backup car for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, Bayne will give up the 12th-place starting position he earned in Friday’s time trials and will take the green flag from the rear of the field.
Bayne got 11 laps in the backup car before the end of Happy Hour.