Engine Problems Hinder Bayne’s Bid For a Top-10 In The Ford EcoBoost 400

Small_MHD1091Trevor Bayne and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion were poised to make a bid for a top-10 finish in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 when engine failure ended their charge and left them with a disappointing 40th-place finish.

Bayne started the finale of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway from the 17th starting position and ran around 20th place in the early stages of the race. Each time he made a pit stop, his Donnie Wingo-led crew made adjustments to his car, and he began to move up through the field.

With a little more than 50 laps to go he was running 11th, but his time there was short-lived.

The first sign of trouble was when the engine’s oil pressure began dropping. That was followed by a loss of power, and then lap times dropped off by about three seconds.

“We had a good run going, and then we had engine issues,” said team co-owner Len Wood. “Unfortunately, you’ll have things like that happen sometimes.”

It was just the second time this season that the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion failed to finish a race.

Small_MHD0937Wood said that overall he was pleased with his team’s performance. “We felt good about getting a top-10 finish,” he said. “We were off a little in the beginning, but we were able to make the car better throughout the race.”

Wood went on to say that he was glad to end the 2013 Sprint Cup season on a high note, performance-wise, even if the final result didn’t reflect it.

“I don’t think any of our teammates had the season we were looking for,” he said. “But I’m proud of our team and the work they’ve done this year.”
He said his team is now focused on the season-opening Daytona 500 and preparing for the team’s 61st year of Sprint Cup competition and its 64th in the sport.

“We’ve already had meetings about 2014,” he said. “We’ll soon be getting ready for Daytona.”

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Bayne To Start 17th in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400

Small_MHA3008Trevor Bayne and his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion picked up the pace significantly from practice and will start 17th in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bayne turned a qualifying lap at 175.507 miles per hour, which was more than two miles per hour faster than his best lap in practice of 173.321 mph.

“That wasn’t a bad lap at all,” Bayne said of his best qualifying run since a 15th at Talladega Superspeedway in May. “We just got tight in the center [of the corners] there, and I wondered if I carried a little too much speed in trying not to use any brakes, so the second lap I tried to use more brake and we slowed down a lot”.

“Overall that is a really good pickup for my guys, and they did a really good job making adjustments from practice to this. I think most people were picking up like two-tenths [of a second per lap], and we picked up about five.”
Bayne said his qualifying run gives him renewed optimism heading into Sunday’s finale of the Ford Championship Weekend.

“That is a good run, and we can at least see the front from there and hopefully make it happen,” he said.

06nh2DP231WAmong the 14 Ford Fusions in the starting field for the Sprint Cup season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 is the No. 32 driven by a former Wood Brothers’ driver Ken Schrader, who is making his final Sprint Cup start.

Schrader, who drove the No. 21 Ford in 2006 and 2007, started his Sprint Cup career back in 1984 in a Ford fielded by Elmo Langley, and 29 years, 762 races and four wins later he’ll end it in another Ford, the Fusion owned by Frankie Stoddard, who has been working on Fords and fielding them for most of his NASCAR career.

Wood said Schrader, one of more than 70 drivers to take the wheel of the No. 21, earned his place in the history of the family race team.

“We’ve known Ken since he raced for Elmo Langley and then Junie Donlavey,” Wood said. “He came to drive for us at a time we were kind of in a transition phase and needed a veteran driver. He was a big help to us.”
Schrader said he has the utmost respect for the Woods.

“Before I ever drove for them they were at the top of my list, and they still are today,” he said.

Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 is set to get the green flag just after 3 p.m. eastern time with TV coverage on ESPN.

Ford Championship Weekend a Fitting End For Wood Brothers’ 63rd Season

Small_MIE6834The Wood Brothers of Stuart, Va., and their Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will end their 63rd season of motorsports competition in a manner most appropriate for a team that has never raced anything other than Fords, Mercurys and Lincolns.

They’ll race their iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion, with Trevor Bayne at the wheel, in the Ford EcoBoost 400, the season-ending race for the Sprint Cup Series and the marquee event of the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Featured on the sides of the storied No. 21 will be Ford Customer Service Division’s new Service Parts Warranty, announced just last week. The new warranty provides unlimited mileage coverage for 24 months from time of purchase or installation.

“This is one of the races we always look forward to,” said Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. “It’s obviously a big weekend for Ford, and the Service Parts Warranty is a huge deal for our sponsors at Ford Customer Service Division, and their Motorcraft and Quick Lane brands. A lot of Ford Motor Company executives will be there, and we always like to visit with them at the race track.”

Ford’s part warranty provides customers towing reimbursement for repairs completed at any Ford or Lincoln Dealership. The warranty also provides independent repair facilities the ability to complete repairs for customers by securing parts from a dealership or Ford authorized distributor. All customers benefit with more options on how they can have their vehicles serviced.

Ford’s previous service parts warranty was 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurred first, and labor was covered if the part was installed by a Ford or Lincoln dealership. Labor was not covered on parts sold over-the-counter to a fleet or installer.

For more details, visit: http://www.fordparts.com/newspw.aspx.

For the Ford EcoBoost 400, Donnie Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew have prepared Chassis No. 818, which was last raced at Michigan International Speedway and was used in a recent test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“We have a good feeling about this car,” Wood said. “It raced well at Michigan, and we learned some things in the test that should help at Homestead.”

Qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 is set for Friday at 6:10 p.m. Eastern, and the race is set to get the green flag just after 3 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne Diagnosed With MS

Concord, N.C. (Nov. 12, 2013) – Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.

“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.

“As for now, I want to close out the season strong this weekend at Homestead and then shift my focus on getting ready to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Championship in 2014. I have a great team, a great family and great people all around me. I have been truly blessed in life and I look forward to what my future holds.”

In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standing, having accumulated one win, six top five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again fulltime for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 Advocare Ford Mustang.

“We are 100 percent supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a race car,” said Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush. “I have full confidence in Trevor and his partners have all expressed that same confidence and support. As with all of our drivers, we look forward to standing behind Trevor and providing him with all of the tools he needs as he continues to develop in his young career.”

Overall, the Knoxville, Tenn. native has 53 top-10 finishes, 19 top-five’s, six poles and three wins in combined NASCAR races in the Sprint Cup and NNS.

Bayne and RFR President Steve Newmark will be available for comment at the Roush Fenway marketing offices (4600 Roush Place, Concord, N.C. 28027) at 10:00 AM this morning, followed by a teleconference at 10:30.

Contact Kevin Woods for more information; kwoods@roushfenway.com or 704-957-1138.