Richmond, Va. (Sept. 7, 2013) – Trevor Bayne and the No. 6 Roush Fenway “Driven” Ford Mustang finished 5th in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Richmond International Raceway. The team ran in the top-10 most of the night before a late charge to the front of the field in the final laps to cross the line in fifth-place.
“We were flying up there all night but just couldn’t ever get past eighth before something would go wrong. We fell back to like 15th after driving up to eighth and then had a bad pitstop and fell back to 15th and then drove back up to fifth there at the end. I can’t say enough about these guys not giving up and giving me good race cars. Honestly, that is probably one of the best race cars we have had all season. We didn’t get a chance to show up front because we never had track position. We did a good job in practice; we just need to qualify better so we don’t have to start so deep in the field.”
Early on Bayne radioed in to crew chief Mike Kelley that his car was tight through the center and loose off of the corners. Kelley called his young driver down pit road under yellow on lap 68 putting a round of wedge in the right rear along with four tires and two cans of fuel.
Bayne seemed to like the adjustments on the short run but on the long runs, not so much. Bayne eventually radioed in the adjustments went too far and the car was extremely tight through the middle.
Adjustments came on lap 134 under yellow when Bayne visited pit road for the second time. Kelley made the call to go back on the previous adjustments, and to pull a rubber from the right rear as well as four tires and two cans of fuel. Bayne restarted 13th.
Bayne said the car “was really close” to what he needed, and the team waited for their next chance to make final adjustments for their final run for the checkers.
When the caution flag waved on Lap 172, Bayne radioed that the car was still a little tight but liked the direction they were going. Kelley called for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
Bayne charged up through the field gaining several positions in the final laps to cross the line in the fifth position. “I am really proud of this team tonight,” stated Bayne after the race.
Dollar General 300
1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway
Saturday, Sept. 14
3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and MRN