Trevor Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team fought hard in a rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
When the green flag dropped on Monday, Bayne started seventh after a strong qualifying effort as his Donnie Wingo-led team brought out a brand-new Ford Fusion. Bayne raced around the top 15 for much of the race, and even when his No. 21 Ford Fusion began to develop a tight-handling condition, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew was able to make adjustments, and he was able to maintain his position.
Two-thirds of the way through the race, Bayne fell a lap behind the leaders but was able to rejoin the lead lap with an impressive performance as he held the “free pass” or “lucky dog” position despite stiff challenges until Kurt Busch brought out the caution flag on Lap 220, allowing Bayne to resume his spot on the lead lap.
“We were racing Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards for the lucky dog spot, and then Brad Keselowski stopped and got tires and took a couple of dives at us,” Len Wood said. “Trevor was able to hold him off even with Brad on fresher tires. He earned that one.
As the laps wound down, Bayne was poised for a top 15 finish when his right-rear tire began going flat. A late-race caution, again for Kurt Busch with tire issues, allowed the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team to put fresh tires on the No. 21 Ford Fusion. Bayne then drove it home in 19th place.
Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew plan to be back on the track Tuesday and Wednesday, testing at Michigan International Speedway in advance of the Quicken Loans 400 on June 13-15.
The next race for the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team is at Talladega Superspeedway in the Aaron’s 499 on May 2-4.