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Trevor Bayne has large hopes in his NASCAR Xfinity Series part-time return. Generating a comeback with a caliber of group like Joe Gibbs Racing, nevertheless, maybe the better expression is “expectations.”
The 2011 Daytona 500 winner will contend in his initially of seven races throughout the 2022 Xfinity Collection period in Saturday’s Manufacturing Alliance 300 at Vehicle Club Speedway (5 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Bayne’s final stint in NASCAR happened in 2020, when he ran 8 races with Niece Motorsports in the Tenting Environment Truck Collection. A second-spot end at Talladega Superspeedway was his most effective in that span.
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Bayne’s past race in the Xfinity Sequence was in 2016, positioning fifth at Watkins Glen Worldwide in a 1-off race for what is now Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing.
In an effort to reignite his NASCAR profession, Bayne will work with crew main Jason Ratcliff, competing in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota Supra at Phoenix Raceway (March 12), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May perhaps 28), Nashville Superspeedway (June 25), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 16), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Oct. 15) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Oct. 22).
“I fought for a different possibility for the previous a few many years,” Bayne claimed. “I did not want to be carried out in the race motor vehicle. I even now wished to drive. I still required to be at the observe. I just did not have one more possibility. I didn’t have a probability to go travel for another group wherever I come to feel like I could gain, or actually any chance for that issue.”
Bayne admitted that his espresso business enterprise positioned in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee was a way for him to run absent from racing. But when he would look at races on television, he was immediately drawn again.
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Last 12 months, Bayne crafted a dust late design to scratch his aggressive itch, participating in a handful of functions, together with Charlotte Motor Speedway’s filth monitor. But the craving for one more top quality NASCAR experience nevertheless burned in just Bayne, which sparked discussions in mid-December with his most important sponsor, Devotion Nourishment, and his father. It was that dialogue that led Bayne to connect with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Executive Vice President Steve deSouza for an chance.
“I want to appear again to acquire,” Bayne mentioned. “I want to appear again to make a assertion, present what I can do as a driver. If I can’t get it done, I want to know I was in the very best ride feasible and it just didn’t work out.”
Outside the house of his option to get the 2011 Daytona 500 in Wooden Brothers Racing’s famed No. 21 Ford, Bayne feels like this is the very best shot of his job. Now, he just desires to again it up with victories.
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“To me, this feels like the reset,” Bayne reported. “I really do not know what will come of this. I never know if I conclude again up in a Cup automobile full time or an Xfinity motor vehicle contending for championships that I would adore to see take place. But I feel like in 7 races, I need to go win three to 5 races if I’m heading to have a shot at a comeback. That’s my aim.”