Trevor Bayne Joins Michael Waltrip Racing

David PhillipsAnalyst IMarch 21, 2017

Trevor Bayne, former Dale Earnhardt Inc. development driver in the Camping World East, will make eight starts for Michael Waltrip Racing.

The 18-year-old Bayne made his series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 52 for Jimmy Means Racng with sponsorship from Taco Bell.

This weekend, Bayne will join an elite few and can say he drives the Aarons Dream Machine. He joins team owner Michael Waltrip, Ken Butler III, Darrell Waltrip, and David Ruetimann.

I  may be missing one other to pilot the Dream Machine and try to be a "Lucky Dog."

The seven additional races include: the June 13 race at Kentucky Speedway, the June 20 race at The Milwaukee Mile, the July 18 race at Gateway International Raceway, the July 25 race at O’Reilly Raceway Park, the Aug. 1 race at Iowa Speedway, the Aug. 21 race at Bristol, and finishing up at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 14.

If Bayne is able to show his talent, this could lead to a full-time ride with MWR or another team. This is a big opportunity for this young man, this coming on the heal of Ryan Truex signing to drive for MWR in the Camping World East Series, makes you think why sign Bayne if you just signed Truex.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I have to thank Gary Bechtel for taking a chance on me,” Bayne said. “I met him a few months ago and he decided to invest in my talent. He is the main reason I am able to drive these eight races.

"I am very excited to get behind the wheel of a car that is competitive almost every weekend. I’ve hung out with the guys over at Michael Waltrip Racing the past couple of races and they are an awesome group of people that I am pumped to be racing with. My goals for these eight races are to learn as much as possible and hopefully grab some solid finishes.”

“I’ve talked to people in the garage about Trevor and everybody has had said nothing but good things to say about him,” said Jerry Baxter, crew chief of the No. 99 Toyota Camry. ”People like Bono (Kevin Manion) and Clyde McLeod have all said that Trevor gives good feedback and gives 100 percent. He flew up to Dover to spend some time with the team so we could get to know him. He’s impressive and knows what he’s talking about.

“By the questions he has already asked, we know he’s well versed about these cars. He has a serious side to him, but he also has a side where he likes to mess around. So, we know he will fit right in at Michael Waltrip Racing.”

With Cup teams in Pocono for the Cup Race and only two full-time Cup guys with Carl Edward and Kyle Busch this weekends race will be a good chance to show there talent and get a good finish.