RICHMOND, Va. (April 25, 2014) – Trevor Bayne had high hopes and a fast No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Richmond International Raceway. However circumstance and elements refused to cooperate with the team’s effort and Bayne would ultimately settle in for an 11th-place finish.
“That wasn’t the result we thought we could get with this car,” said Bayne after the race. “We had a lot of short run speed at the beginning of the race and our strength was our entry and exit early on but we were way to tight through the center. We kept trying to make adjustments.”
Bayne posted the fastest time in the first round of the afternoon’s qualifying session, advancing to the final round and qualifying fifth for the race. After extensive delays for rain and inclement weather, he started the race where he left off; powering his AdvoCare Ford inside the top three by lap 51.
The hours of heavy rainfall had washed the majority of the rubber from the track, leading to extensive tire wear to the right front of his Ford. Bayne would be forced to slow down on the run and ultimately pit a hand full of laps ahead of schedule.
After the stop, he returned to the field under green a lap down and in 18th position. The team needed a long green flag run to even out the pitting cycle, but a quick caution just a few laps later would cost the team valuable track position and put Bayne and the No. 6 crew behind the eight ball for the remainder of the race.
“The third run I wish it would have stayed green longer because all the guys that short pitted were in front of us and I thought we were better than them,” added Bayne. “We never got that track position back. I don’t know that we were good enough to at the end.”
Still, Bayne and the AdvoCare team never gave up. The Daytona 500 winner dug in and drove the car back inside the top eight by lap 203. However, the extensive tire-wear, slick track conditions and fading handling would persist. Bayne was unable to keep the car inside the top 10, but eventually crossed the finish line in 11th.
“The third run we passed the leader and got our lap back under green but we lost our speed after that,” said Bayne. “We tried to free up the center and all we did was hurt our entry and exit and never made the center any better.”
It was a stellar day for the No. 6 AdvoCare pit crew, with Bayne picking up several positions on pit road, including two on an early stop that put the No. 6 Mustang in fourth-place when the field went green on lap 47. Moments later he moved into third for his best running position of the night.
Bayne remains fifth in the NNS point standings; four points behind fourth and 39 markers out of first.
The No. 6 AdvoCare Racing Team returns to action next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Bayne has one top 10 finish in three starts at Talladega, a sixth-place finish in 2011. He finished third earlier this season in the only other restrictor-plate race of the season at Daytona and boasts a career win in the Daytona 500; the most famed restrictor-plate race in the sport.