T.Bayne O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Race Recap

Roush Fenway’s Trevor Bayne had one of the fastest cars on the track during the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ first night race of the season, until a spinout in the infield sent debris flying into the No.6 Cargill Ford Mustang’s grille causing it to overheat.  A green-flag pit stop to clear the debris and add water to the engine put the No.6 team a lap down and landed Bayne in 26thposition at the end of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).

“When they kept crashing on the front stretch, they kept kicking grass up all night long and I guess we just got the worst of it,” said Bayne. “I backed off the guys in front of me, got real high and tried to clean it off on the car in front of me, but it just never came off and we overheated there.”

The No.6 team made several in-race adjustments to the Cargill Beef Ford Mustang.  Midway through the race, Bayne climbed up to fourth place and was challenging Austin Dillon for third.  Just before overheating, Bayne and the No.6 team had the car in perfect shape.  At one point, Bayne radioed in to fill-in Crew Chief Seth Barbour, “”WooooWeee, we got it hooked up now!”

The unscheduled pit stop needed to clean off the car pushed the No.6 team into 26th position and two laps down for the finish.  Bayne currently sits in 10th place in the NNS standings; 40 points behind point leader Sam Hornish Jr.

After another week break for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Bayne and the No.6 Cargill team will head in to Richmond International Raceway for another Friday night race.