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Just WHO is Travor Bayne?-Daytona 500 Winner

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Besides being the youngest driver to ever win the Daytona 500, who is Trevor Bayne? Perhaps a breath of fresh air in a NASCAR world that’s been polluted with the PC-ness of redundant champions…

The 2011 Daytona 500 lived up to it’s reputation as being a crap shoot.  Many driver simply pray to get out with a top ten finish, then move on to the points racing of the regular season.  But every driver dreams of winning the Super Bowl of NASCAR…and Trevor Bayne has done that.  From the age of five in Knoxville TN, his hometown, he began racing go-karts. At age 13 he moved up to the Allison Legacy Series-for up and coming drivers in late model stock cars-and became their youngest ever rookie driver.  He then quickly moved up through the ranks of the Hooters Pro Cup Series until he signed a deal with Dale Earnhardt Jr Motorsports to race in the tough NASCAR Camping World East Series (one of the off shoots of the now discontinued NASCAR Northest-Southwest-Midwest-Southeast Series).  After earning a win and numerous top ten finishes, he went through a deal with Roush Fenway Racing before landing with the Wood Brothers in 2010, where he made is only other Sprint Cup Start at Texas last year.   And as they say now, the rest is history.  But Jeff Gordon saw something in this kid, drafting and working with him throughout Speedweek.  Everywhere this guy runs, he has caught peoples’ attention.  And now his talent, enthusiasm and spunk are a wonderful alternative to the vanilla PC boredom we have seen with five-time champion (Yawn!)  Jimmie Johnson.  Maybe with Bayne lighting up the tracks around the circuit (even only part time) races will be more fun again.

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