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Trevor Bayne gave the Wood Brothers their first Daytona 500 win since David Pearson in 1976.
Bayne was asked if any of his interactions over Daytona Speedweeks stuck with him during the Daytona 500, "Can you remember did anyone give you advice as you were driving around Sunday that stuck in your head?"
Bayne sounded like he was holding back a chuckle when he answered, "Talking to David Pearson, it was small, simple advice that a lot of people would tell me. Just with him it stuck. He was just saying, kind of jokingly, they asked him on ESPN if he had any advice. He said, Be careful. Do the 21 car some justice. That stuck out."
"When he said that, I went into the race in kind of survival mode for the first 150 laps thinking, I have to get to the end of this, avoid any crashes, push, not be pushed, just be smart the whole time. That was crucial because that kept me calm, that kept me patient when we would drop to the back on some of the restarts to push back up to the field. Then at the end, just to make smart moves."
Bayne closed with his final thought as he ended the teleconference, "Hopefully we did the 21 car some justice like he asked us to do. I think seeing him back in Victory Lane might have done it for him, so I hope so."
I think everyone including David Pearson will agree. Trevor Bayne did do the gold leafed No.21 Motorcraft/Quick Line red and white Ford justice.