Monday, February 21, 2011

Who is Daytona champ Trevor Bayne and where did he come from?

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By now you know that he's the guy who won the 2011 Daytona 500. And yeah, it's a crazy story. The kid just turned 20 the day before. It was his second Sprint Cup start. And yeah, he's driving part-time...or was driving part-time for the legendary Wood Brothers, who hadn't had a car win the 500 since before a lot of people reading this were born.

A little more about Trevor Bayne, from the Daytona Beach News-Journal RIGHT HERE

He survived one of the more exciting, fun to watch Daytona races in a long time, holding off Carl Edwards to take the checkered flag in the NASCAR equivalent of double overtime.

Your highlights, from our friends at ESPN:

Bayne has had some success running in the Nationwide circuit, enough success that he got a shot to run with the big boys. He hasn't been around racing long, but, unless he goes the way of Derrick Cope, he'll be around awhile.

To answer our headine question, Bayne was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he still has family. WATE-TV in Knoxville caught up with them on Sunday:

Perhaps the funniest moment of the day was caught on his two-way radio after the race, when upon trying to find Victory Lane, Bayne said "I don't even know where to go". We couldn't find the video clip online, but FOX cameras clearly showed him driving right past it, until a NASCAR official jumped in front of him and made him stop.

Here's an interview with Trevor's mom from FOX Sports:

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