The 2011 winner of the Daytona 500 will again be behind the wheel of the Wood Brothers #21 for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Last year Trevor Bayne won the crown jewel of the NASCAR season in his first race at the track and only his second career start. Thus far it is unknown how many races the team will run but they will continue to represent Ford Motor Company.
In total Bayne competed in 17 races for the Wood Brothers and the team ran another race with Ricky Stenhouse. The 20 year old Bayne averaged a 25.8 place finish during his time with the team. Despite the Daytona win the 2011 season was a struggle for the team. As Bayne learned how to drive at the Sprint Cup level he suffered unfortunate crashes and what could simply be chalked up to as bad luck.
His best finish in the other 16 races he ran was a 15th place run at Talladega in the fall which was highlighted by a decision to break his draft with Jeff Gordon on the races final restart and help out fellow Ford driver Matt Kenseth.
“We all wanted to do what was best for Ford Motor Company and its young drivers, and to be sure everybody had a place to race.” Eddie Wood said.
Bayne also missed time at the track while dealing with lime disease. The ailment caused him to miss five NASCAR Nationwide events for Roush Fenway Racing. Team owner Jack Roush said he was looking for ways to keep his Nationwide program running but would likely run just two cars for the majority of the season unless additional sponsorship comes along.
Roush Fenway teammate Ricky Stenhouse won the Nationwide title while Bayne claimed a win in the series at Texas and mustered a 11th place finish in the driver standings despite the missed races.