A promising start to the day for Trevor Bayne at Texas Motor Speedway ended in a 21st-place finish Sunday afternoon in his No. 6 AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford Fusion.
The 2011 Daytona 500 Champion rolled off the grid 14th after a strong qualifying effort on Friday. Bayne quickly broke into the top-10 just 10 laps in, with a scheduled competition caution upcoming at lap 30, and the stage break at lap 85. Bayne ran 12th at the first yellow, reporting he was free in and off.
The team went to work for the first time under the break, as he would restart 11th at lap 36th. The Knoxville, Tennessee, native crossed the line 12th in the opening stage, as the crew again went to work trying to fine tune his Ford Fusion.
After rolling off 19th in the second stage, he quickly jumped back to 15th by lap 100. From there the race would go green for an extended period of time, meaning he would pit under green at lap 132. After falling to 23rd, one lap off the leader, he climbed back to 18th to end the second stage, setting up the final 164-lap segment.
Bayne restarted the final stage in 24th, working his way back into the top-20 by lap 225. A series of late-race cautions were displayed, before Bayne eventually crossed the line 21st in his AdvoCare Ford.
The No. 6 returns to the track next weekend at Phoenix with Matt Kenseth back behind the wheel.
Race coverage begins next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and MRN.