The story of Trevor Bayne has been well documented. From winning the Daytona 500 shortly after his twentieth birthday, Bayne was sidelined for over a month of the 2011 Nationwide Series season.
Bayne came back, although he championship hopes were done. He picked up his first career Nationwide Series win at Texas Motor Speedway in November, 2011.
That win looked to be the spark that would catapult Bayne into contending for the 2012 Nationwide title, but a lack of funding for both of Jack Roush’s Nationwide Series cars posed a problem.
Roush ideally wanted to have both of his young drivers complete for the championship, but he was forced to make a decision between fielding the defending Nationwide champion’s car, Rick Stenhouse Jr., or Bayne who had shown potential.
Roush chose to field Stenhouse Jr.’s car, which worked out well for the organization. Stenhouse Jr. won his second-straight championship and earned a ride for Roush in the Sprint Cup Series.
That left an empty seat in Rous...