Skip to comments.20-Year-Old (Trevor) Bayne wins Daytona 500!
Posted on 02/20/2011 2:39:56 PM PST by Steelers6Edited on 02/20/2011 3:15:23 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
I was hoping Dale, Jr. would win on the 10th Anniversary of his father's death and had a chance until 1st Green, White, Checker.
But what a story that a 20 year old rookie wins the Super Bowl on his 1st attempt!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. insisted he didn't believe in fairy tales and happy endings.
Trevor Bayne was too young to know any better.
Bayne, in just his second Sprint Cup Series start, pulled off a stunning victory in his first Daytona 500 on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner in the 53 years of the Great American Race. Bayne, who turned 20 the day before the biggest race of his career, took the Wood Brothers back to Victory Lane for the first time since 2001.
We were rooting for Junior too but it was an exciting race and it’s fun to see this kid in victory lane.
Good finish but, on the whole, restrictor plate racing kind of blows.
At halfway I would have never believed Mark Martin would get ap 20 finish, let alone a top 10.
I’m a Gibbs Racing fan, but I was pulling for the kid. I’m ready for some new faces to win races.
This is a good story. I am glad it was a fresh face out there.
Ditto. Hated to see that flat tire force Jr into the pits and knew what was going to happen once that pack got restarted. Ya gotta be up front during a late race restart.
Kudos to the rookie ... great win.
16 cautions is way too many for 206 laps, seems like a lot more pushing the car in front of you. Drafting is fine to me, pushing should be limited.
This tandem racing is/was a bunch of cr@p.
Geez, just yesterday he was a teenager. He’s #5 in Nationwide series points and now has won The Greatest Race!
I’ve been an Earnhardt racing family fan forever, but this kid’s win was awesome.
Haven’t watched for a year. Boring! Everything is the same! I long for the days of Junior Johnson, and Smokey Yunick, when cars were different.
WOW! But too bad it wasn’t a GIRL... *SMIRK*
(Just puttin’ a burr under the saddles of y’all, LOL!)
What I wouldn’t GIVE to have the cat-like reflexes I had at TWENTY!
I’d say give him the keys to the family car and a bottle of Jack Daniels after THAT run, LOL!
Good on him. :)
dude has only had a driver’s license for 4 years
I’m with you there.
I quit watching years ago when all the restrictions and limits were put on the cars and the only difference became the paint.
Same with drag racing.
How about a polish victory lap ?
Man! I remember the days when Smokey put an inflated basketball in the gas tank! He then deflated it, and got in another gallon and a half of gas. He got caught though! Another time, NASCAR put in new fuel tank restrictions, so Smokey ran a big diameter fuel line back and forth, and back and forth, and got another couple of gallons just in the fuel line! Back then, things were fun!
He was in the car doing the towing, rather than being towed, right?
The fact that a unknown kid without a ride for the rest of the year in a car fielded by a has been third rate organization won the race should prove once and for all that restrictor plate races are a crapshoot which doesn’t reward good drivers and good teams. And no, I’m not a junior fan.
If you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’. LOL
On both types of racing.
I used to love the pro drags, but now I follow the IHRA rather than the NHRA.
Yeah, Smokey was my hero too. Remember when he came out with the 7/8 scale Chevelle and beat the big boys! Ingenious!
Took ‘em awhile to realize it.
I’m just damn proud to see the number 21 back in victory lane.
“Geez, just yesterday he was a teenager. Hes #5 in Nationwide series points and now has won The Greatest Race!”
Yea, too bad he’s not responsible enough to celebrate by having a beer.
(probably cannot even do beer endorsements)
One time, Smokey made an exact duplicate of the stock car he was supposed to be racing. Except it was like 15/16s the size of the real car. Lighter. Then he would grind all the body panels thinner. Lighter. Those were the days!
7/8ths. Yeah, I think you’re right! I posted that it was 15/16ths. But I do believe you’re correct. What a guy! Made racing so much fun! Wonder if he’s got a bio? I’ll have to look, cuz I’d like to read it!
Actually, the Wood Bros. just proved that they’re neither 3rd rate nor has beens. Thge 21 car was well prepared and ran strong all week. Your comment, however, proves that you’re not even a 10th rate fan.
“Yeah, Smokey was my hero too.”
And he had that bizarre, little, black-lacquered cowboy hat! Too cool for school!
Id say give him the keys to the family car and a bottle of Jack Daniels after THAT run, LOL!
A lot of drivers are saying the same thing (about the quality of restrictor plate racing). Guess they don’t know what they are talking about. In any case, real racing starts next week at Pheonix.
At the start of the race, when they were talking about how Gordon liked teaming up with Trevor, my wife (a very casual fan) asked why he would pick such an experienced driver. I said Gordon must see something in him or Trevor is the only driver that would work with him (LOL!). Anyway, she started rooting for him. All night now I keep hearing, “see, told ya.”
I’m happy for the kid and didn’t think he had a prayer with one to go and him in the lead. That NEVER happens.
[This tandem racing is/was a bunch of cr@p.]
I concur. When an end is put to this tandem business, NASCAR will vastly improve. Until then, I have no interest in watching or supporting the sport.
Smokey also showed up at the beginning of a season with a hand-made 7/8 Chevrolet. It was beautiful workmanship.
Everyone was walking all around it & trying to figure out what was different.
When it was parked on the pit road next to a real Chevrolet, the jig was up. Smokey held to his guns & said—find in the rule book where I cannot do this.
That started the templates for every kind of car brought to NASCAR races.
The kid also brought a car to the finish line UNDAMAGED.
Get rid of the trailer racing and get rid of the car to car radios.
This was the most boring NASCAR race ever.
Took the wood brothers back to victory lane at Daytona for the first time since David pearson won in 1976.35 YEARS AGO!Ford won first second and third place.OUTSTANDING!
FWIW Bayne has been competing for 15 yrs.
The kid started in karts @ 5 yrs old, was a 3-time world karting champion, Hooters Pro Cup ROY @ 15, and a DEI development driver @ 17.
So while this is a Cinderella story to some extent, he’s really the product of a carefully crafted career plan.
I believe he even did his last 2 yrs of high school on line so he could devote more time to driving.
I think Carl Edwards got the word to get behind that kid and make sure he won.That toyota would have surely hung him out to dry.I am just so tickled FORD WON and did it one,two,three.
That was amazing in itself.
+1, I used to go the Nats in Ennis every year but 1000 feet just ain't the same kind of drag racing. Drop the nitro percentage down or something, but drag racing was born to be 1320 feet.
I had 3 of 4 doing great until smoke stunk it up. Trevor is a rising star and has proved he has the mental capacity and crowd pleasing humbleness to be an All-American. Congrats to the young man.
Yeah, I didn’t care for that style of racing but the ending was quite exciting.
Where is that.....Mexico
Junior is, was, and always will an overrated driver
Just seeing number 21 in the winner's circle, with Motorcraft on the hood, and with a 20 year old who proved throughout the week that he had a right to be there made it a good opener. I only wish that Pearson had been there with him.
There's hundreds of names that we miss (I finally had to trash my Donleavy #90/Dick Trickle T-shirt because you could see through it). But in a few years I'll bet Baine will be at the same level as they were in the fan's eyes.
I totally agree that NASCAR has stumbled as it expanded and I'm really ticked that they've dropped so many iconic tracks (for cookie cutter media venues). The only track that deserves two events a year IS Daytona - NOT Fontana and not Texas Speedway. The COT was a step over the line and restrictor plates are an embarrassment. The mega teams are still too big and one or two car teams consigned to start-and-park, or derision by some on FR, only underline the scope of the problem (would Wendell Scott have accepted the start-and-park concept?).
But NASCAR is probably clever enough to fix some or all of those errors and at least the 2011 cars look something like the real thing - STOCK. Moving drivers a bit to the right has likely avoided some serious injuries. (Dale Sr. stalwarts might remind themselves that it was his self inflicted Daytona crash that inspired all the current safety rules. Dale Jr. stalwarts might remind themselves that Junior is NOT Senior (and Mikey is NOT "Iron Head"). And, yes, I know I'll be hated for those comments.)
If you want racing go to the local, or regional, dirt track...anything on dirt is better than anything on pavement.
But if you want to spend a sedentary Sunday on something other than baseball, basketball, football, or golf; write a letter to NASCAR telling them that you miss Smokey Yanuk, Cale Yarborough, '73 Chevys, STP, Winston West, and (if your REALLY old) Herschel McGriff.
Tell them that "stock" generally meant "run what you brung".
The secondary meaning would be (generally speaking) "if it's only available with four doors - then run a four door"!
And, the tertiary meaning would be "If it's only available with injection and variable timing, then so be it".
It’s in Mehico del Norte.
You got that right!
Since you're from West Texas, do you remember Eddie Hill? back in the early sixties he had a twin-Pontiac-side-by-side engined dragster with twin slicks on each side. He came up here to Continental Divide Raceway and completely tore up the freshly paved asphalt at the starting line. He was one of my heroes since I was a big Pontiac guy at the time.
Is he the youngest to have ever won it?
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