“Am I dreaming right now?”
Those words were spoken with utter shock by a 20-year-old Trevor Bayne after last year’s Daytona 500, where he turned the NASCAR world upside down by becoming the youngest driver to ever win the prestigious race. The media immediately jumped onto the Bayne Train, seeing the marketability in the young man. Trevor, a devoted Christian and dedicated driver, is practically the perfect choice to represent NASCAR in the best way. You would think the sponsors would be nipping at his heels. However, that’s not the case; a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series participant, Bayne has backing for only three races.
Money is tight all around, but it still seems unfair. Trevor Bayne is the total package: kind, committed, passionate, and adorable. His Cinderella story is inspirational and heartening. When you see people like Carl Edwards, who has more than three part-time sponsors, you have to wonder why nobody’s rising up to back the youngster. I mean, he’s won The Great American Race; couldn’t we get him some sort of deal? Sponsors are looking for drivers that have experience, a quality that will get them to Victory Lane, not the scrap pile. Companies don’t have the money to endorse a driver that is still learning the ropes. With Trevor being only 21, they shy away, even if he is a Daytona 500 Champion.
It is completely criminal. There, I said it: not sponsoring Trevor Bayne is a stupid move. Winning the 500 wasn’t a fluke or a lucky break; he backed it up on the Nationwide side with a win at Texas last fall. Besides, Jack Roush knows talent when he sees it. I don’t see him giving up on the young star, but he can’t keep helping him if there isn’t any backing. Back in the day, if you won the Daytona 500, you were set for life. Sadly, we have Trevor struggling to have a name on the car. He has the ability to become a top player in the Sprint Cups Series, and the Wood Brothers see it.
Back in the beginning of 2010, Bayne was interviewed after a good run in the Nationwide race. I remember looking at my dad and saying, “He’s going to be a threat.” He agreed with me. If a lack of sponsorship dictates whether or not this kid continues to race, I will be upset, along with a lot of other fans. Nobody likes to see talent just slip away. Hopefully, something shows up soon for the driver of the #21 because, if it doesn’t, NASCAR will definitely be missing out.
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