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Bayne brothers find common bond through racing

Kevin Mays • Apr 13, 2018 at 3:22 PM

BRISTOL—Trevor Bayne is excited about being at his “home” track at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

But if you really want to see the Knoxville native get excited, all you need to do is ask about his younger brother starting his racing career.

Trey Bayne, the 14-year-old brother of Trevor, made his debut in a late model stock car at Kingsport Speedway a couple of weeks ago. And big brother was there to watch him.

“It’s always cool to go back and see local racing, especially for Trey. That was his first late model race,” said the older Bayne. “He hasn’t really raced much of anything. He was in like 10 go-cart races three or four years ago. So, to put him in a late model stock is a big step at 14 years old with not a lot of experience.

“He did a great job. He started in the back. When he finally got going there I thought he was really smooth and made good laps. Obviously, with the experience, will come the ability to make passes, the ability to do restarts and things like that. He’ll learn and man, I tell you, it’s just fun to watch him.”

Racing is something that the Bayne brothers have in common and it’s something that has brought the two closer together despite a 13-year age difference.

“He was probably three years old when I moved to Charlotte to pursue my racing career,” Trevor Bayne said. “He and I weren’t really around each other a ton. It’s been really cool that he’s called me every day.

“Just to have that in common to talk about and to see his excitement for it, it’s just really cool for me.”

The older Bayne brother will be in the race car Sunday as he starts in the Food City 500 at his favorite track on the NASCAR circuit.

Sunday will be the eighth start at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

In his seven previous starts at Bristol, Bayne has had an average finish of 16th with two top 10s and a top five finish — which came in the spring race of 2016.

“Bristol is by far my favorite track. It always helps coming home to race in our backyard and we’ve certainly had our share of success here,” he said.

Bayne said the goal is always to win the race and there are certain tracks like BMS where he feels those are realistic.

That’s not the case at every track right now for his team.

“I’d love to be at a place where I can say we’re going to win every weekend. And we know that has to be our goal. If we’re going to be in the playoffs you’ve got to win,” said Bayne. “We’re not in that place right now where that’s realistic. You set yourself up to make gains. For us right now it’s about small gains and small victories.”

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