Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will run TD Bank 250 at Oxford

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted July 02, 2012, at 6:20 p.m.

OXFORD, Maine — Trevor Bayne, who became the youngest winner of the Daytona 500 in 2011, will be the latest Sprint Cup driver to climb into a race car for the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

The 39th annual race will be held on Sunday night, July 22.

Bayne will drive a Late Model car supplied by Kendall Roberts, who is a car owner on the American-Canadian Tour.

Bayne will follow a growing list of Cup drivers who have run the race since 2004 including Matt Kenseth, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kenny Wallace, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Craven, Terry Labonte and Brad Keselowski.

Harvick won the race in 2008 and Kyle Busch took the checkered flag last year.

Bayne was 20 years and one day old when he won the Daytona 500. He also won a Nationwide Series race that year at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Knoxville, Tenn, native has run six Sprint Cup races for Wood Brothers Racing this season and has two top-10 finishes. He ran five Nationwide Series races for Roush Fenway Racing and had a top-five and three top-10s before a lack of sponsorship sidelined him and his team.

Bayne was considered as a replacement for Matt Kenseth next season in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing but defending Nationwide Series points champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got the nod over him.

There has been speculation that Bayne could slide into Stenhouse’s Nationwide car.

“Trevor has already shown he can win on the biggest stage in stock car racing,” said OPS owner Bill Ryan. “And he has also won in the Nationwide Series.”

Ryan said their fans enjoy watching the established Sprint Cup stars but they also like seeing the up-and-comers.

“Brad Keselowski didn’t do much in his first year in Sprint Cup,” said Ryan. “But now when he wins, our fans can say ‘I remember seeing him race at Oxford.’”

Keselowski had won just once in the Sprint Cup series when he ran at Oxford in 2010.

That was his first full season in Sprint Cup and he had just two top-10 finishes in 36 races that season. His first win had come in 2009.

He has since won six races including Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway.

Bayne won three World Championships during an eight-year career racing go-karts before moving to NASCAR in 2009.

Ryan said Roberts and Bayne will make a good team.

“John Donahue drove Kendall’s cars and they won on the ACT series and here at Oxford,” said Ryan. “It will be a good match.”

“I am excited to run the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway,” Bayne said in a press release. “It is one of those events that every short track racer from around the country knows about and hopes to get a chance to run one day. The race is super competitive but I feel like I have a good shot. Kevin and Kyle have set a high standard the past few years and I will definitely check in with them to get some advice.”

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