Bayne Scores Another Top 10 at Bristol

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

BRISTOL, Tenn.— For the second week in a row, Trevor Bayne scored a top-10 finish during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race from Bristol Motor Speedway.

At this point of the season, Bayne is running better than what he did in 2017. As the playoffs approach, execution has to be close to perfection. Bayne feels that the No. 6 Ecoboost Ford team is executing better.

“Just execution. I feel like the last month we had strategy, things went our way and we’ve gotten results from it. Here at Bristol, Roush Fenway always gives us good cars and we’ve had really good runs the last four or five races. Our Ford was fast tonight at the end when it mattered,” said Bayne.

A seventh place finish at Bristol looked dismal to Bayne as he brought out the sixth caution of the night after hitting the wall due to a flat tire.

“At one point we blew a tire, hit the fence. I thought we were going to get lucky and get back on the lead lap. Got on the lead lap, got a caution and put new tires on it and started passing cars. Jimmie (Johnson) had a pretty epic battle there for a minute,” said Bayne.

As the playoffs approach, the intensity ramps up as drivers try to get that win to get into the playoff picture. Bayne knows that he must win to be in the playoffs for the first time.

“Obviously we need to win. That’s what our goal is. Seventh is great but we have to get there. Really proud of these guys and the gains we’re making. Thanks to Advocare, Liberty National and Ford Performance. It’s been a rough time through the summer but we’re coming back now,” said Bayne.

With his seventh place finish, Bayne sits 19th in the points standing. He is 230 points behind 16th place bubble driver, Jamie McMurray.

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