Trevor Bayne and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion got off to a good start in qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon. When it was time to qualify; however, he was unable to maintain that pace for his entire lap and therefore will have to start 32nd on Sunday.
“It was a great lap until we got to turn four and about plowed the wall,” Bayne said of his run against the clock which nonetheless ended with a speed of 191.347 miles per hour. “We were probably a top-15 run until that point.”
As soon as Bayne returned to the garage area, he and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew began putting the disappointment behind them and focusing on Sunday’s race, the final 500-miler of the 2013 Sprint Cup season.
Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he’s confident that Bayne and crew chief Donnie Wingo can work together on a set-up and strategy that will help them overcome a poor starting position.
“We haven’t made any race runs yet,” Wood said after qualifying. “We spent the week testing at Homestead, which is a somewhat similar race track, so I’m not too worried at this point.”
Wood said that it’s never a bad day at the track when the front-row starters both are driving Ford Fusions.
“Congratulations to Carl Edwards for the pole and to Brad Keselowski for the outside pole,” Wood said. “I feel good about Sunday, for their teams and for ours.”
The AAA Texas 500 is set to start just after 3 p.m. Eastern Time with TV coverage on ESPN.