Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne found out very early Saturday night that he wasn't going to sweep the Sprint Cup Series' two races at Daytona International Speedway.
Bayne, who surprised the NASCAR world when he won the 500 a day after turning 20 in February for the Wood Brothers, crashed on lap 5 of the Coke Zero 400 after getting nudged by Brad Keselowski in turn one.
"He got to us and was pushing us down the frontstretch. I was still kind of lifting a little bit, letting him get to my bumper, and then I got back to the gas wide-open. I don't know if I turned down more getting in or if he kind of came up across our bumper, but, either way, our bumpers caught wrong and it sent us spinning."
Bayne, 20, started on the front row and as soon as the race started, drivers began to pair up and look for partners to tandem-draft with. Since Jeff Gordon, the driver Bayne drafted with for the majority of the 500, paired up with polesitter Mark Martin, Bayne was searching for a partner. He found one in Keselowski, but not long after Keselowski started pushing him, Bayne was bouncing off Clint Bowyer and into the wall.
"This time was different because (at the Daytona 500) we didn't know how extreme (the tandem drafting) would be, so they didn't work it out before they got here. They didn't have their teams all set up. This time, they already had that planned before they got here, so you don't even have a chance if you have a single-car team. You just have to wait on another guy to crash out and pick him up, but I was just planning on riding at the beginning."
Saturday was Bayne's second race after returning to the Sprint Cup Series after being sidelined with a mysterious illness that caused blurred vision, nausea and fatigue. In 10 races at NASCAR's top level in 2011, Bayne's 500 win is his only top 10.
- Trevor Bayne
- Brad Keselowski
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