It seems like a million years ago now. Trevor Bayne burst into prominence with his unlikely victory in the 2011 Daytona 500. Right at about the time of Tebowmania and Linsanity, the Tennessean became another sports figure vocal about their faith rising to fame. The win also marked a return to relevance for the Wood Bros. race team, a throwback to NASCAR’s early days.
Then, almost as quickly as he came to fame, Trevor Bayne faded away. Since then, he made headlines for being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and moving over to Roush Fenway Racing. That’s really been about it.
Now, word is out Jack Roush is looking for a new driver to take over the number six ride. Who it is remains to be seen, but Bayne is finished with the Cat In The Hat. Trevor Bayne is a nice guy, and not a terrible driver, but just about anyone knows that if you go multiple seasons with no wins, a change will come. Not that changing a driver results in some kind of miracle, but the lack of results begs for a change.
So, what now? What will become of Trevor Bayne? If the price is right, someone will take a chance on him. It’s not everyday that a former Daytona 500 winner is available to drive your car. Does he maybe slip in to Kasey Kahne’s 95 Leavine Racing car? You could probably do worse.
I mean, let’s be honest: Roush Fenway as a team hasn’t been any great shakes either. Ricky Stenhouse failed to make the playoffs, and Matt Kenseth- who is by no means washed up- hasn’t produced anything excited sharing the six car with Bayne. A change could do Bayne good, though there will be those who will tell you that Bayne really hasn’t progressed much in terms of development over the years. Anybody who follows closely knows that Bayne has found himself in the middle of a few scrapes with the stars of the sport waving fingers at him.
Who will Roush tab to take over for Trevor Bayne? Daniel Suarez? Matt Kenseth? A fresh face? That’s fuel for speculation right now.
Trevor Bayne- what a Cinderella story he proved to be. He did good things with his 15 minutes of fame. But as Willie Nelson once opined in song, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over. It’s time that all good things must end.”