Richmond, Va. (April 29, 2013) – Roush Fenway’s Trevor Bayne battled back to a 12th-place finish after a late penalty sent him to the back of the field in Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Bayne was running in the top of the pack late in the race when officials flagged him for making a move during a restart that could have led to a pass before the start/finish line.
The penalty forced the No.6 Ford Ecoboost Mustang to the back of the line, leaving little time for the team to recover. Regardless, Bayne fought back to finish in 12th.
“I thought I was right at the start/finish line, but they say I pulled out too early,” said Bayne. “I know I didn’t pass him, but they said if you show any sign that you’re heading toward the bottom before then, that you’re in violation.”
The result was tough for the No.6 team, which was running in the top five early in the race, and second among drivers earning points in the NNS.
“We had a better car than a 12th place finish tonight,” added Bayne. “I don’t want to be making these mistakes for my guys.”
The finish earned Bayne and the No. 6 team another 32 points, and bumped him up one position to 9th place in the NNS standings. He sits 46 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr., who walked away with a seventh place finish at RIR on Friday.
Bayne will be back on the track next week in Talladega with the No.6 Cargill team for the Aaron’s 312.
Saturday, May 4th 2013