Roush Fenway’s Trevor Bayne averted near disaster to battle back to a fourth-place finish in the No. 6 Valvoline NextGen Ford Mustang in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Just after the half-way mark, Bayne took a high line to avoid a wreck and uncertainty over his tires forced him to the pits for two fresh tires and extra fuel. That extra fuel let the No.6 car stay on the track late in the race while the rest of the field pitted, and pushed Bayne to a top-five finish in the Dollar General 200.
“Mike Kelley does great with pit strategy,” said Bayne after the race. After mechanical problems in Daytona, his goal was to keep the fenders on the Valvoline NextGen Ford Mustang and focus on his track position. After the strong finish, Bayne said “I’m excited with a top five. That’s what we’ve got to do every week and just chip away at this points battle and not jeopardize ourselves.”
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