What A Difference A Year Makes For Trevor Bayne

By Christy Valdez
Trevor Bayne
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A lot can happen in a short amount of time, but for Trevor Bayne a year can make a big difference, not only in his personal life, but on the track as well.

The 2013 NASCAR season has been treating Bayne pretty good compared to how the 2012 season went. In a year, Bayne went from driving only in a few races and missing out on competing for a championship to becoming championship contender the next.

So far in the 2013 season, Bayne made his return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series after sitting out for most of the 2012 season after his team had shut down due to lack of sponsorship. A new opportunity came when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was moved up to the Cup Series and Roush Fenway Racing restored hope by having Bayne race for the Nationwide Series championship in 2013. With 12 races into the season, Bayne is well on his way to a good year.

Throughout the 12 races into the Nationwide Series season, Bayne has gone on to capture impressive stats upon his full-time return to the series. He has gone on to capture a win, one of only three Nationwide regulars to win this season. Bayne has also captured a pole award at the season opener at Daytona and has captured four top-five and six top-10 finishes so far.

In his quest for the Nationwide Series championship Bayne has averaged a 9.5 start and a 14.1 finish. He currently sits in ninth place in the point standings.

Bayne’s best finishes of the year started early on in the season with fourth place finishes at Phoenix and Las Vegas. Moving forward he suffered a minor set back in the few following races but following the race at Charlotte Bayne has found consistency as well as improvement.

Since his sixth place finish at Charlotte, Bayne began to improve in every race. At Dover Bayne went on to finish in the top five with a fourth place finish and the following week he went on the win at Iowa for his first win of the season.

Along with his Nationwide season, Bayne continues to race part-time for the Wood Brothers in the Cup Series.

A year makes a huge difference for Bayne after missing out on the 2012 season. Last year he only started in six races for one top five and three top 10 finishes. He only averaged a 5.5 starting spot and a 10.0 finish until his Nationwide season came to a close. After starting 2012 as a possible championship contender Bayne ended the year in 32nd.

Until 2013, Bayne’s previous full-time Nationwide season in 2011 featured some of his best finishes in Nationwide. His first Nationwide win was in 2011 and it was his only win in the season along with five top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. Despite having five DNF’s he averaged a 8.4 starting spot and a 13.7 finish in 29 races.

The 2013 season has given Bayne a new opportunity not only for his career but another opportunity to continue racing for a championship, something that he hasn’t really had the opportunity to do in the past. With a ride with the Wood Brothers in the Cup Series and the No.6 car with Roush Fenway Racing in Nationwide, two rides in a year and to be a championship contender is a big difference than just one year ago.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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