Article first published as The Highs and Lows of Trevor Bayne on Technorati.
A Cinderella story played out in Daytona a relative NASCAR lifetime ago. Way back in February, a twenty year old rookie, Trevor Bayne, drove the wheels off his Motorcraft Ford, took the checkered flag, and got a crash course in what happens when you win the great American race.
You get to meet guys like Jay Leno and David Letterman. You get to talk to the president. You get to jet back and forth across the country getting wined and dined by the media elite. Like a Hollywood celebrity puttin’ on the Ritz, Bayne met the challenge with class and style far beyond his twenty years. And just as fast as as the thrill ride started, he showed up in Phoenix to strap into the car once more. Baynemania ground almost to a complete halt.
So what’s going on in “Bayne’s World” these days? Unfortunately the rookie sensation has not strapped in since Talladega, April 17th, where the kid finished a disappointing 40th after a mid-race crash. The week before heading to Talladega, Bayne was admitted and released on the same day from a Charlotte hospital. He had been treated for a severe reaction to some alleged insect bite.
On April 27th, Roush Fenway Racing reported that Bayne had once more been hospitalized and would not make the Richmond race on April 30. Bayne remained hospitalized until May 5th. He was not cleared to drive in Darlington on May 7th. Still recuperating from the mysterious illness, Bayne was replaced by Kevin Swindell at last week’s race in Dover.
Early this week it was being reported that he was cleared to drive in the All-Star race this weekend, however Roush Fenway Racing (Nationwide Team) and The Wood Brothers (Sprint Cup Team) announced they had both decided to hold Bayne for an undetermined period of time.
“Although we would like for Trevor to be on the track this weekend, we want to make sure that he is fully back to prime condition before he goes out to compete with the best drivers in the world,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark.
“We knew all along that there was not a timetable for his return,” said Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing. “We knew it would be a process and we continue to work towards his return. Trevor really wants to be back, and we remain hopeful that we’ll have him competing again soon.”
Yesterday, Trevor Bayne sent this message out on his Twitter.
What a difference a day makes.
In the world of NASCAR you build your driver resume on the track. Each race missed is another opportunity lost for this young winner to prove Daytona was not a fluke. This kid has heart and with a Daytona 500 trophy on his mantle it will take a lot more than a bug bite to keep him off the track much longer.