After a tough stretch, Trevor Bayne looks to be back on track.
The Knoxville driver matched his best Nationwide Series finish of the season this past Saturday with a fourth-place run at Dover. It was the third time this season he’s finished fourth, but his first since the third race of the year at Las Vegas.
After Las Vegas, Bayne finished out of the top 10 in six of the next seven races and fell to 12th in the points. In the past two weeks, however, Bayne has made up ground with finishes of sixth at Charlotte and fourth at Dover.
He now ranks 10th in the point standings, just one point behind ninth-place Kyle Larson.
“We have had some bad runs but now we got a couple good ones in a row and we need to keep it going,” Bayne said. “Top-fives are what we have to knock out every weekend and eventually that will lead to victory lane.”
It has been a week for the 22-year-old Bayne to celebrate. With race car drivers busy on the weekends, he got married on a non-traditional day of Tuesday.
This weekend looks to be his best chance of getting to victory in the No. 6 Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing. The Nationwide Series comes to Iowa Speedway, where Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 6 car won the last two years.
Most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will be tied up racing at Pocono for the weekend. Joey Logano, the most recent series winner at Dover, is the only full-time Cup driver currently on the entry list.
Lee Tissot won for the first time in a year at Kingsport Speedway last Friday night, his eighth win on the 3?8-mile concrete oval since the track reopened in 2010.
With a crash knocking out rivals Blake Jones and Chad Finchum with 10 laps to go, the Asheville driver pulled his Ford ahead of Daniel Pope, the previous week’s winner, and Johnson City driver Zeke Shell on the final restart.
In a hotly contested battle for second, Shell powered his No. 97 Ford around the Chevrolet of Pope with two laps to go.
Finchum battled back to finish fourth with Kres VanDyke rounding out the top five.
Former track champion Robbie Ferguson of Jonesborough finished seventh, and Johnson City driver Mike Potter was 10th for his first top 10 of the season.
John Harrell of Surgoinsville passed Jared Broadbent of Spruce Pine, N.C., for the lead on lap 15 of the 30-lap Street Stock feature and led the rest of the way.
In other support classes, John Ketron beat sons, Jason and Bill, as the family swept the top three positions. Rocky Yates of Abingdon, Va., grabbed the lead at the start of the Mod 4 race and stayed out front for his third win of the season. Chris Steadman captured the Rookie Pure 4 trophy.
Another week of NASCAR Whelen All-American Weekly Racing is scheduled for this Friday night.
Rain forced the stoppage of racing 17 laps into the “Scott Sexton Memorial 52” Southern All-Star Racing Series feature this past Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway.
Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., was fastest in qualifying and led Dale McDowell when the race was suspended. A make-up date has been set for Friday, June 14, which will include a whole program of racing action.
Qualifying and heat races were completed as was a 15-lap feature for the Mini-Stock division. Travis Dawson drove the No. 19 Ford Mustang to his first-ever Volunteer Speedway victory in the race.
There is no racing scheduled for Volunteer Speedway this weekend.