So Far this Year

By Trevor Bayne

First let me take a second to introduce myself. My name is Trevor Bayne and I am 18 from Knoxville, Tenn. I have been asked by the wonderful folks from to write a weekly blog about what’s going on in my life. So here it goes.
Let me start off by giving you all the low down on my life so far this year.
Well the past couple of months have been kind of crazy for me. At the end of last season, I thought my future was set. I was going to drive the full NASCAR Nationwide schedule with Dale Earnhardt Inc. However, when the economy took a nose dive, DEI was unable to fund a full-time team and I was left without a ride for the 2009 season.
However, as luck would have it, I happened to meet a man by the name of Gary Bechtel in Daytona. Some of you guys might know the name; he used to own Diamond Ridge Motorsports in the early 1990’s.
Meeting Mr. Bechtel has definitely been one of the highlights of my year so far. He was very instrumental in helping me get the Nationwide ride with Michael Waltrip Racing in the No. 99 machine. I owe that man a bunch!
So far, I have driven three races in the No. 99 car and have learned so much from Jerry Baxter (crew chief) and the rest of the Nationwide guys. Let me tell you, those guys love to have fun. They are the reason why people started racing in the first place, for fun, and they remind me of that every day. Being around those guys has been a blast. I think it helps that we have been able to get some solid finishes too.
My first race with them was at Nashville Superspeedway and I was able to grab the outside pole. However, we were caught up in a wreck and finished 28th. My other two races, Kentucky and Milwaukee, I started in the top 10 and finished 12th. I mean not bad, but you know we always want to do better.
My next race will be the July 11 race at Chicigoland Speedway. This race was actually added to my original schedule after Michael came to Milwaukee and saw that I could get the job done.
Well this weekend I will be in Daytona learning all I can from Michael while he drives the No. 99 Aaron’s Dream machine at the World Center of Racing.
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