Kansas City, KS. (Oct. 6, 2013) – Roush Fenway Racing’s Trevor Bayne finished 9th Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Kansas Speedway. The No.6 Cargill/Sam’s Club team ran up front for most of the day until a speeding penalty on pit road dropped the team to the back of the field. Bayne fought his way back through the pack to finish ninth.
“It was really crazy out there. We had a super fast car and I think we ran out of fuel there. We were running sixth and we just ran out of fuel I believe. We don’t know for sure yet. Our car was so fast and every time we would make ground and get toward the front something else would happen. I messed up on pit road and sped the last segment and got a penalty and Mike made great strategy to get up back up there then we went in one and two and got wrecked by the 54. He sent me up the race track. I think he got loose and slid up. It almost happened with me and the 18 when we were leading. It is unfortunate for our team to have this fast of a race car and not be able to capitalize.”
Bayne qualified 8th for the 200-lap race, with the temperature dropping 20 degrees from practice the day before, the team was unsure of how the car would react to the adjustments they had made. The car was to Bayne’s liking in the early stages of the race, radioing in that the car was really good in clean air, but struggled a bit with tightness in traffic.
A competition caution was waved on lap 25, this gave crew chief Mike Kelley a chance to make a track-bar adjustment, give Bayne two tires and a splash of fuel. Bayne’s pit crew gained him a position during the stop and he came out in the fifth position.
Bayne battled a car that was a bit tight until lap 88, Kelley called his driver down under green flag conditions. Four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment was the call. The team completed the stop, sending Bayne out to blend in to the field in the 13th position.
Trouble came on lap 116, when Bayne was once again called down to pit, this time only taking two tires and a splash of fuel. NASCAR radioed in saying Bayne was too fast in the last segment on pit road. The team elected to come back down it road and take two more tires since they would have to restart in the back of the field anyway.
A slew of cautions and wrecks ensued, with the team trying to work a put strategy to their advantage. The strategy worked, putting Bayne to the lead in the dwindling laps, unfortunately the No. 54 slid up into Bayne causing him to get loose and falling back to the 10th position. Bayne fought back to gain one more position, crossing the line in 9th.
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