NOVEMBER 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #16 RickyVsTrevor.com Ford, poses with his trophy in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Trevor Bayne wins O'Reily Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway


Trevor Bayne raced Carl Edwards hard in the last seven laps in Saturday afternoon’s O’Reily’s Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, and then held off a charging Denny Hamlin to win his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race in 77 attempts.

Bayne found himself up front at the end and once he could smell the lead he took advantage of it. In Gatorade Victory Lane, you wouldn’t have known this kid had won the Daytona 500 earlier this season.

His 2011 season has been a roller coaster ride of extreme highs and devastating lows. He may have the biggest race in NASCAR history, but since then his season has been anything but storybook.

Earlier this season, Bayne suffered through an unexplained illness and was later treated at the Mayo Clinic. When he did return to the track, he experienced mediocre results at best. Bayne’s win on Saturday afternoon gave Jack Roush his 299th NASCAR win and helped Ford Motorsports clinch the 2011 manufacturers’ title.

In Victory Lane, Bayne said “That ending there was cool to get up and go against Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin. Right before that last caution, I didn’t think we were going to have a shot because we were about half a track behind Carl. I thought the car was good, but I just didn’t think we’d have enough time.

Edwards dominated the day but in the end Bayne wanted it more.

Another interesting development in the NASCAR Nationwide race was that Kyle Busch has been parked by NASCAR for starting a violent crash with Ron Hornaday on Friday night during the Camping World Truck race under caution. Busch will also not appear in Sunday’s Cup race.

Denny Hamlin was asked to drive the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Joe Gibbs Toyota. He used Busch’s seat in the car, as the team did not have any way to get Hamlin’s seat into the car. After the race, Hamlin emerged from the cockpit and complained of back soreness.

There are just two more races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Phoenix International Raceway will host the race next week on the reconfigured mile track, which has new asphalt. Heading into Phoenix, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. has a 17 point lead over Elliott Sadler.

Unofficial Race Results:

1 - 16 Trevor Bayne Ford Ford. Drive One. / Ford Mustang 47/4 200 Running
2 - 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Raybestos / Wix Filters 0 200 Running
3 - 60 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 0 200 Running
4 - 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Rheem Heating, Cooling & Water Heating 0 200 Running
5 - 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 0 200 Running
6 - 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Sam’s Club / Maker’s Mark Angus Beef 38/0 200 Running
7 - 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Avis 37/0 200 Running
8 - 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 0 200 Running
9 - 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain Financial 36/1 200 Running
10 - 32 Brian Vickers Chevrolet Dollar General 0 200 Running
11 - 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com / DanWheldonMemorial.com 33/0 200 Running
12 - 11 Brian Scott Toyota Shore Lodge 32/0 200 Running
13 - 09 Kenny Wallace Toyota G-Oil 31/0 200 Running
14 - 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 30/0 200 Running
15 - 38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet Great Clips 29/0 200 Running
16 - 182 Reed Sorenson Dodge Foametix / Bullet Liner 28/0 200 Running
17 - 30 James Buescher Chevrolet ABF Freight 0 200 Running
18 - 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 26/0 200 Running
19 - 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Grand Touring Vodka 26/1 200 Running
20 - 62 Michael Annett Toyota LoanStar Title Loans 25/1 198 Running
21 - 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 23/0 198 Running
22 - 81 Blake Koch * Chevrolet Daystar.com 22/0 198 Running
23 - 19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 21/0 197 Running
24 - 14 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty BlackOut / Reynolds 20/0 196 Running
25 - 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Takis / TiaRosa / Barcel 19/0 196 Running
26 - 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Clements Racing Engines 18/0 195 Running
27 - 103 Scott Riggs Chevrolet McKinney Pipe & Steel 17/0 195 Running
28 - 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 16/0 195 Running
29 - 39 Joey Gase Ford Fenton Motorsports 15/0 195 Running
30 - 28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Maxelence 14/0 195 Running
31 - 52 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 0 194 Running
32 - 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K Services 12/0 192 Running
33 - 15 Timmy Hill * Ford Poynt.com 11/0 142 Engine
34 - 70 David Stremme Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 0 116 Susp.
35 - 108 David Ragan Ford Texas Tech University 0 114 Engine
36 - 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 8/0 21 Engine
37 - 175 Carl Long Ford Rick Ware Racing 7/0 15 Handling
38 - 127 J.J. Yeley Ford CertainTeed 0 13 Vibration
39 - 146 Chase Miller Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 5/0 13 Vibration
40 - 104 Tim Andrews Ford Fenton Motorsports 4/0 11 Vibration
41 - 150 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Liberty Tire Recycling / Pinnacle Rubber Mulch 0 9 Electrical
42 - 44 Jeff Green Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 2/0 6 Vibration
43 - 147 Scott Speed Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 1/0 3 Electrical
* Denotes Rookie

 

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