Bayne survives for third at Talladega

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

After being involved in an accident on Lap 179 during the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Trevor Bayne was able to finish in the third position. Bayne was able to survive better than some during the race.

Bayne found himself in the middle of contact between Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. Bayne was on the inside of Logano when they made contact. Logano was pushed into Blaney, which sent Blaney for a spin that collected Bayne. Bayne was able to receive minimal damage.

“I was right in the middle of it and, man, I was sliding backwards up the race track thinking, ‘Oh, this is gonna hurt.  Somebody is coming through or I’m gonna back it in the fence,’” said Bayne. “I just kept turning the wheel to the left trying to get the nose to slide around and it did, and I ended up going straight, so that was pretty cool”

Luckily, Bayne’s team received a red flag that lasted five minutes and 45 seconds to assess what damage was received. Bayne was ecstatic and proud that his team was able to finish the event.

“My guys did a good job of fixing the damage.  We couldn’t have been back out there with speed if they didn’t assess it.  We got a red flag to be able to look at everything and they did a great job getting the work done, getting it back on track and just thankful we finished one.  We just survived better than everybody else.  It wasn’t injury-free for sure.’

With another wreck on Lap 184, Bayne found himself in contention to win the race. With only 14 cars remaining in the race out of the 40 that started, Bayne found it hard to be able to get a run in order to win.

“It was hard because you don’t have big runs.  When there are only eight guys out there it’s hard to choose a lane or to make a run from the back, but the last corner off of four we got a huge run off the top and got to third, so I was pretty pumped with that.

Although he finished third, Bayne wanted to come out of Talladega with a win.

“I think we were eighth coming across for the white flag, but I wanted those two more spots.”

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