Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne has been hospitalized for the second time this month for lingering symptoms related to an insect bite.
Bayne is currently being evaluated and undergoing tests to “get to the bottom of his symptoms.” Roush-Fenway Racing officials have confirmed that the 20-year old Knoxville, TN driver, who currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings, will not participate in either of this weekend’s races at Richmond.
Bayne was not scheduled to participate in Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race, but was slated to drive tonight in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, as well as tomorrow night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Bubba Burger 250.
RFR president Steve Newmark confirmed that a “substitute driver from the Roush Fenway family of drivers” will take over for Bayne this week.
Bayne’s biggest concern at the moment, as often is the case with competitive athletes, is that he cannot race this weekend. RFR is just taking precautionary measures to ensure that Bayne is healthy for the long run, even though missing this weekend’s race will undoubtedly by a huge blow towards his NNS championship run.
Of course, we wish Trevor Bayne the best and we will keep you updated as we learn more about the situation.
Update I: Chris Buescher will substitute for Trevor Bayne in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond. It will be Buescher’s first career NNS start.