Avondale, Ariz. (November 11, 2013) – Trevor Bayne and the No.6 WFG Ford Mustang team finished seventh in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Phoenix International Raceway’s (PIR) ServiceMaster 200.
“I was just too tight all day, going to the gas and it was bogging it down, so people could get under me off of turn one especially – down the short chute there they would beat me,” said Bayne. “In three and four our car was really good. I felt like we were as strong as anybody, but we were just too tight for those short runs and that hurt us in the end. I didn’t need them to keep getting short runs and keep those new tires so they were able to get by me a little bit there. But the first takeoff when I was on the outside of the 31 he got me down in turn three and then I crossed him over and got back to the lead, and I was like, ‘Man, we’re going to be leading this thing by turn one,’ and the caution came out. That’s what we didn’t need, but that’s OK.”
With $250,000 dollars on the line for a lucky winner if Bayne visited Victory Lane in his World Financial Group Ford, the team was feeling a little bit of extra pressure for a solid finish Saturday.
At the drop of the green flag the No.6 WFG Ford Mustang quickly began moving to the front of the pack. After a few early cautions, Bayne found himself running at the front of the field until lap 80 when Mike Kelley called his driver down pit road for his first stop of the day. Two rounds in the right rear along with four tires and two cans of fuel was the call. Bayne blended back into the field in 13th.
On lap 105, Bayne once again came down pit road, a track bar adjustment for a tight car was the call. He held his track position of 13th and had moved up to ninth-place by the time the next caution flew at lap 130.
Multiple cautions flew, with Bayne radioing in that his car was still just too tight. Unfortunately the team could never make it back to pit road to adjust on the ill-handling Mustang. Bayne still managed to work his way up through the field to reach the checkers in seventh, moving up to sixth in the NNS Championship standings.
Ford EcoBoost 300
1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway
Saturday, November 16, 2013
4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and MRN