Trevor Bayne just completed his fifth Xfinity Series warm-up with Joe Gibbs Racing, and he has three left on his 2023 part-time schedule. However, the former Daytona 500 winner is taking a fresh approach to securing some more work.
Dale Earnhardt Jr revealed during the USA Network’s Tennessee 250 Lottery broadcast that Bayne is making significant efforts to get off the track. He is calling on Xfinity Series owners to pursue potential opportunities for the 2023 season. The broadcast booth also confirmed that Bayne wants to return full-time again.
Bayne has not competed full-time in a national NASCAR series since the 2017 season when he drove for Roush Fenway Racing – now RFK Racing. The team replaced him with Matt Kenseth in 15 races in 2018, ending his tenure as Cup Series driver. Bayne is still out of NASCAR in 2019, but he’s back in eight Camping World Truck Series starting in 2020 with Nither Motorsports.
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Bayne took a similar approach before joining JGR
Calling around and trying to secure an opportunity was a change from years ago in Bayne’s career. The USA Network broadcast specifically mentioned that the Knoxville native waited for his phone to ring in 2018, but that never happened. Now he is in control of his future.
This approach has some similarities to another situation. Bayne’s eight-race schedule with JGR actually came out after much conversation. He’s had many “passive” conversations with JGR’s EVP Xfinity Product Line/Development, Steve Desouza, about the possibilities. These conversations don’t immediately lead to opportunities, but they do play a part in the 2022 season.
Bayne has had some strong performances in his part-time schedule. He finished in the top 5 at both the Auto Club Speedway and the Phoenix Raceway and also won a Pole. He finished in the top 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Though the slow pit stop and penalties kept him from really contesting the win.
This was the case with the Nashville Superspeedway on June 25. Bayne ran in the top five all afternoon, but a penalty sent him to the bottom of the field in the final leg. He then recovered and finished second overall behind race winner Justin Allgaier.
Bayne has an important goal for 2022
Will Bayne’s strategy succeed? Will he secure a chance for the 2023 season after spending time calling various Xfinity Series owners? There’s no clear answer, but Bayne knows he needs to accomplish an immediate goal.
“I think I need to win some races this year,” Bayne told Heavy in an interview in May. “I think if we are inconclusive, it will be difficult to continue. But I think if I can win two or three races here out of the next five, that could create other opportunities, whether it’s Trophy level or Xfinity level. And that is my wish.
“Like if I had the opportunity to run 10 races to full time next year, I would love to do it, along with continuing to do television. Hopefully I can commission more things at Mahalo [Coffee Roasters] so I have time to do it all.”
Bayne remains open to members of the media about the moves he needs to make in 2022. He has explained multiple times that he needs to win at least one race to potentially win one. another chance for the 2023 season.
When the race at the Nashville Superspeedway is completed, he will have three more chances. Bayne’s schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing continues with trips to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16 and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 15. He will end his season with a race. race October 22 at the Homestead-Miami Expressway.
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