Bayne holds off Edwards and Hamlin to win his first NNS race at Texas

Trevor Bayne captured his career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Bayne passed teammate Carl Edwards on the final restart with seven laps remaining and pulled away to win his first NNS race in 76 starts.

[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photo” align=”alignright” width=”227″][/media-credit]“This is just as surreal as the 500. That’s hard to say, but this has been so long. We’ve worked so hard to get our first Nationwide win and I wasn’t sure if it was ever gonna happen. I was thinking maybe the next Cup win would come first, but these guys worked their butts off to get us here and God pulled us through.” Bayne said.

Bayne’s win was the 13th for Mustang in its inaugural season and is the most among all manufacturers. Bayne also captured Roush Fenway Racing it’s 299th all-time win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series combined.


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This win also secured Ford its third manufacturer championship in the Nationwide Series.

“We’re thrilled to win the NASCAR Nationwide Manufacturers’ Championship. Not only is it our first since 2002, but, more importantly, it’s the first championship for Mustang in NASCAR. Mustang, as it has for 47 years, continues to be a force in all forms of racing. This has been a great year for Ford and Roush Fenway in Nationwide, with Carl, Ricky and Trevor all providing some great moments and 13 victories. Now, it would be great to add the driver’s championship by Ricky to this special year for Mustang and Ford.” said Jamie Allison, Director, Ford Racing.

Edwards dominated most of the race and led 157 of the 200 laps. But Edwards had to settle for third place after Denny Hamlin, while subbing for the suspended Kyle Busch, passed him in the final laps for second place.

“He earned that one. He drove really well. That restart he did a really good job.” Edwards said.

“We didn’t get the best restart there and those guys on the outside line really had an advantage and they were able to pull us and just took us that long to get back to them. Took a long time to get this car where I felt like I wanted it and at the end we had a car that could contend for a win and that’s all you can ask for.” Hamlin said.

Ricky Stenhouse finished sixth and holds a 17-point lead over Elliott Sadler with two races remaining.

“That was fun. We were just a little bit too tight to keep in front of the 22 and run a couple more down, but it was awesome to see Trevor get a win this year in the Nationwide Series. This wraps up a Ford championship for manufacturers, so that’s awesome. It was a good day for the Sam’s Club Members Mark Angus Beef Ford.” Stenhouse said.

Unofficial Race Results
O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/n2s/race.php?race=32
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Pos. No. Driver Make Points
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1 16 Trevor Bayne Ford 47
2 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota 0
3 60 Carl Edwards Ford 0
4 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 0
5 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 0
6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 38
7 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 37
8 20 Joey Logano Toyota 0
9 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 36
10 32 Brian Vickers Chevrolet 0
11 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 33
12 11 Brian Scott Toyota 32
13 9 Kenny Wallace Toyota 31
14 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30
15 38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 29
16 182 Reed Sorenson Dodge 28
17 30 James Buescher Chevrolet 0
18 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 26
19 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 26
20 62 Michael Annett Toyota 25
21 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 23
22 81 Blake Koch * Chevrolet 22
23 19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 21
24 14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 20
25 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 19
26 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 18
27 103 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 17
28 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 16
29 39 Joey Gase Ford 0
30 28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 14
31 52 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 0
32 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 12
33 15 Timmy Hill * Ford 11
34 70 David Stremme Chevrolet 0
35 108 David Ragan Ford 0
36 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 8
37 175 Carl Long Ford 7
38 127 J.J. Yeley Ford 0
39 146 Chase Miller Chevrolet 5
40 104 Tim Andrews Ford 0
41 150 T.J. Bell Chevrolet 0
42 44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 2
43 147 Scott Speed Chevrolet 1

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1 COMMENT

  1. God, I have prayed for this to happen for the last eight months. Every weekend I have prayed he would win. It has been almost twelve hours and I have not smiling. Congratulations Trevor Bayne and I am praying you do well tomorrow.
    Ashleigh

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