Great weekend for Bayne

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.

 Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

“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.  We needed some momentum. We hadn’t had a top 10 since Daytona (2011), and it feels good to be back at it.”

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.