Trevor Bayne Crashes In Opening Practice At Martinsville Speedway

Trevor Bayne Crashes In Opening Practice At Martinsville Speedway

by April 1, 2016 0 comments

RIDGEWAY, Va. – Trevor Bayne was forced to a back-up car after making hard contact with the Turn 1 wall in the closing minutes of the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday at Martinsville Speedway.

The driver of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 AdvoCare Ford was experiencing issues with the car prior to the accident but felt the team was making improvements. He finished out the practice session, 34th on the speed chart.

“We had a really good car in race trim and the long run,” Bayne said. “It was lacking short-run speed and I felt like I was really being held up on my brakes. I was having a lot of rear wheel hop getting into the corner, which we really didn’t fight that much last year. We would lock up the left-front, if anything. In qualifying trim I thought our car drove good, it handled good, but I was really lagging in the braking zones. We were giving up two to three-tenths into both corners and I tried to just push the braking zone a little bit more and it started wheel-hopping really bad.”

Bayne added, “There was nothing I could do about it. Once it started bouncing I tried to save it and once it got backwards stood in the gas and it just backed in. I really hate this for our AdvoCare team. You never want to tear one up, especially not in practice, but maybe that rear wheel-hop won’t be in our back-up car and we can go qualify OK.”

Bayne remains optimistic for Friday’s Coors Light Pole Qualifying, the next time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be on the track. Qualifying is set to begin at 4:15 p.m., and it’ll be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). Coming off of a 20th place finish at Auto Club Speedway, he looks to continue making gains in the resurgence of his Roush Fenway Racing team.

“You just go out there and act like you’re in your primary to me,” Bayne said. “I’ve got a great race team and one thing I’ve been proud of all year is they’ve been able to take our car from the shop and hit it right unloading off the truck. The cars are turning good. They’ve been the right heights and not hitting the race track, so I trust my guys. The back-up car will be good. I hate that we worked on that one in race trim and I tore it up, but I just feel really bad about it. I think this might be the first one I’ve got to for a back-up in practice, but they’ll get it ready for qualifying.”

Photo Credit: Camille Jones

Camille Jones

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