Trevor Bayne Returns to the Famous No. 21 Wood Brothers Car in 2012

Hugo OlguinContributor IIIJanuary 5, 2012

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20:  Team owner Leonard Wood (L) shakes hands with Trevor Bayne (R), driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2011 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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While Trevor Bayne doesn't know what his Nationwide Series schedule will be like, he knows he'll be racing in the Sprint Cup Series this year.

The Wood Brotheres released a press release announcing that they have resigned Trevor Bayne to drive the No. 21 car for the 2012 season.  

Bayne returns to the car that he won the 2011 Daytona 500 with in an emotional and exciting fashion.

“I’m excited,” Bayne said. “It’s a big deal for me. It’s what I had hoped for. We’re all excited to be back together.”

Team Co-owner Eddie Wood said,  “It’s taken a long time to get to this announcement, but it’s good to be back together,”

Wood said, “We all wanted to do what was best for Ford Motor Company and its young drivers, and to be sure everybody had a place to race.”

The announcement doesn't say how many races Bayne will drive for the Wood Brothers or if it is a full-time ride.

During the 2011 season, Bayne had one win and Daytona was the only race he finished in the top 10 in 17 races.

It will be interesting to see if Bayne can improve after a season in the Sprint Cup Series that started off with a bang but had rough finishes for the bulk of season.

He had moments when he was running up in the front, but Bayne and his team struggled to finish races strong.

There still could be the possibility of defending Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. getting some races in the famous No. 21 Ford Fusion.  

Stenhouse raced one race for the Wood Brothers last season at Charlotte. Stenhouse finished 11th in the race.