- Associated Press - Saturday, June 8, 2013

Some of the best auto students across the country could end up being mentored by 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne.

The nation’s top high school technicians will compete Sunday through Tuesday in Dearborn, Mich., at the 64th Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition National Finals. The competition features top high school automotive technology students from all 50 states, with each state represented by a two-student team and their high school instructor.

At the finals, the students will have their automotive skills and knowledge put to the test with a written exam and a timed event in which they race against the clock and each other to identify glitches and repair deliberately installed bugs in identical 2013 Ford Explorer XLTs. The team with the best combined written and hands-on score will win the national championship.

Along with scholarships and prizes, this year’s national champions will earn the chance to shadow Wood Brothers Racing and Bayne leading up to the Sprint Cup race July 6 at Daytona International Speedway.

The winners also will serve as honorary pit crew members for Bayne’s No. 21 Ford under the guidance of crew chief Donnie Wingo.

Bayne will mentor the winners at both the Wood Brothers Racing shop in Harrisburg, N.C., and trackside at Daytona.

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