Then it was wrecked.
Bayne, winner of the 2011 Daytona 500, led a race-high 37 laps in the first Budweiser Duel on Thursday before he was caught in a multi-car crash seven laps from the finish. The damage to his Wood Brothers Ford was so severe that the team was rolling out a new No. 21 Fusion for use in the Daytona 500.
“Our best (car) was the one we were qualifying and racing,” Bayne said. “I know they can build consistent fast race cars. This didn’t end the way we wanted to for sure.”
But the Wood Brothers weren’t deterred. The wreck meant Bayne will start 33rd in Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 _ but that’s just one spot worse than he started the year he pulled off his stunning win.
Team co-owner Eddie Wood wasn’t sure if the backup car would be ready for Friday’s practice.
“We may not even practice on Friday, but that’s OK,” Wood said. “We didn’t practice on Friday in 2011, and we won that race.”
'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Opinion, analysis, and musings on politics, pop culture, reinvention, and the resultant flotsam and jetsam floating around the right-of-center quadrant of the Left Coast.
Consummate traveler Todd DeFeo explores the unique stories that make destinations worth going to.
We welcome you to the intimate and personal thoughts on the news and events we, as editors, watch, read, and discuss with our writers every day.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall