When Bayne Waved First at Chequered Flag at 2011 Daytona 500

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Trevor Bayne was already in celebration mode given that his birthday was a day ago when he won the 2011 Daytona 500 NASCAR event. While Bayne gifted himself a very special gift a day after his birthday, he also gifted one of the oldest racing teams, The Wood Brothers, a special victory.

Even though Bayne was not eligible to win points on this circuit due to his early days in this event, he went on to win the event. By doing so, he got the distinction of being the youngest driver to win the event.

Trevor Bayne speaks

The following are paraphrased responses of Bayne’s breathtaking win in the 2011 Daytona 500.

  • He said that it was a tough challenge holding off most opponents. Carl Edwards was following tail-on-tail behind him. This led to double overtime.
  • Trevor conceded that he did not have enough or adequate words to describe how he was feeling. The feeling was surreal. He acknowledged that his car was a rocket-ship. Car #21 from the stable of the Wood Brothers did live up to its reputation.

What Bayne’s victory means for the Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers have been around for more than four decades. This win helped them regain lost glory by giving the team their fifth victory. The best part of this victory was that Trevor Bayne was the least fancied driver in the event. And like the saying goes – “it’s the underdogs you got to watch out for”.    2011 Daytona 500

For Bayne drove like he has been driving from yore. His control, poise, and technique were remarkable. Accompanied by a devil of a car, each maneuver spelt perfection and perfect training.

David Pearson and Cale Yarborough have been the torch-bearers for The Wood Brothers. Now the responsibility has shifted to Trevor Bayne, the winner of the 2011 Daytona 500 NASCAR event.

 How Bayne caught the first wind of the chequered flag

Carl Edwards was relentless in his hot pursuit of the unstoppable Bayne. The 2nd green-white checker was the turning point of the match. Even though Bayne suffered a series of slowdowns around the closing laps, he was quick to compensate for lost time.

Carl Edwards gave one final overtake attempt past Bayne by nudging off Gilliland. Even this ploy failed to work against the spirited Bayne. Edwards said that Bayne was excellent in blocking any space for the Edwards to pass through.

By the end of it, the race was about surviving the lead that Bayne has so painstakingly created. And he did a beautiful job at that.