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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.”

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.

Missing Spring Rubber Leads to a Tough Day in Texas For Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

_TXE5704Trevor Bayne and the crew of his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion struggled with an ill-handling car through the early portions of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Long green-flag runs hampered the crew in its attempts to diagnose the problem, which also caused tire issues that forced unscheduled pit stops that led to lost laps.

Finally, a late caution period allowed the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew time to carefully inspect the car, and the problem was located.

“A spring rubber had fallen out of the right-rear spring,” team co-owner Len Wood. “They replaced it, and it made a different car out of it.”

Spring rubbers are pieces of rubber inserted into the coils of a spring to change its affect on the car’s handling. They’re also useful during races because they can be quickly inserted or removed, thus providing a significant chassis adjustment.

With the spring rubber back in place, Bayne was able to run competitive laps and race with those around him, but by that time he had lost four laps to the leaders and wound up finishing 29th.

_TBF0365Wood said the chassis adjustments the crew made during the race didn’t produce the expected results because the missing spring rubber so adversely affected the chassis set-up of the No. 21 Ford Fusion. “It would take three times the usual adjustment,” he said.

Wood and the rest of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team had praise for Bayne and his handling of the challenges of the afternoon, especially the issues with the tires, which wore excessively due to the missing spring rubber.

“He caught it each time and did a nice job of getting the car to pit road,” Wood said, explaining that a blown tire likely would have meant a wrecked car especially at a high-speed track like Texas Motor Speedway.

Now Wood and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team turn their attention to the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks.

“We tested there last week, and we’ve got a good plan and a different car for the Ford 400,” Wood said. “We’ll see what happens.”

 

Bobble in Turn Four Drops Bayne to 32nd in Texas Qualifying

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.

AAA Texas 500 Up Next For Busy Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

_TXC6634With the 2013 Sprint Cup season hitting the homestretch, and just three weeks remaining before the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, race teams in every major NASCAR series are picking up the work pace in hopes of going into the off-season with the momentum that comes from a great finish.

Trevor Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, despite running a limited schedule, have been in high gear for the past several weeks. They participated in a NASCAR test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, raced at Talladega Superspeedway, tested two days this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway and are set to run two of the Sprint Cup circuit’s final three races – at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend and the Ford 400 at Homestead in two weeks.

“We’ve been really, really busy,” said team co-owner Eddie Wood. “It’s good to be back at the track on a regular basis.”

Wood said that while his family’s team strives to run well every time out, a strong performance in the Ford 400 at Homestead is especially important for him and his team.

“All our friends from Ford Motor Company will be there,” he said. “It’s one of the biggest events of the year.”

First, there’s this weekend’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Wood said he’s more than ready to race again at Texas, where Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion have shown great potential in recent races, even if the final results haven’t reflected it.

“We’ve always run well there,” he said. “Something always seems to happen that keeps us from being able to finish off a race.”

From an experience standpoint, Texas is one of the few places on the Sprint Cup schedule where the 22-year-old Bayne isn’t hampered by a lack of track time. Although he has just 44 career Cup starts, he has six at Texas, more than any other 1.5-mile track he’s raced on.  In addition to his Cup starts,  he has a Nationwide Series victory there in the fall of 2011.

To help Bayne capitalize on that experience, crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew have prepared chassis No. 745, which made its competitive debut earlier this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it carried a special paint scheme to honor Henry Ford’s 150th birthday.

“It’s our best downforce car,” Wood said.

Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 is set for 3:40 p.m. (4:40 Eastern Time) on Friday, with the green flag set to fly on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 Eastern).

Bad Break on Final Pit Stop Drops Bayne to 23rd at Talladega

Trevor Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew showed in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway that when it comes to restrictor-plate racing they’re among the best in the Sprint Cup Series.

Bayne had to start 26th after qualifying was rained out, but once the green flag dropped on Sunday, he and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion were on the march toward  the front.

After less than 30 laps, Bayne was knocking on the door of the top 10 and for most of the remainder of the race he kept his Ford Fusion inside the top 10 and was as high as fourth at Lap 96 and posted one of the fastest laps of the day at 201.5 mph.

He dodged disaster on Lap 80 when Marcos Ambrose and Juan Pablo Montoya wrecked just in front of him, and the Motorcradt/Quick Lane team had a good day on pit road.

The only hiccup came on the final trip down pit road, a green-flag stop with 25 laps remaining. Trying to get on and off pit road as quickly as possible, Bayne inadvertently locked his brakes, sliding his front tires as he pulled into his pit stall.

Crew chief Donnie Wingo, knowing that the front tires likely had been flat-spotted during the slide, made a quick call to change four tires instead of two.

The extra time in the pit area caused Bayne to lose the lead draft. With no more caution flags in the race, he was relegated to a 23rd-place finish.

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said that from a performance standpoint he and his team are proud of their efforts.

“We had a fast car all day,” Wood said. “Even on the last stop, Trevor was just trying to get all he could on pit road.

“A lot of drivers had trouble getting into their pit stall, and there were a lot of penalties on pit road today due to speeding.”

“And we didn’t have a choice on changing four tires.” “When you’re running 200 miles per hour and have reason to believe you may have a tire issue, you can’t take a chance on changing just the right-side tires.”

“Things just happen, especially when you’re being as aggressive as you can be.”

Wood said that in the big picture, the team’s speed at Talladega is a first step toward a strong run in next year’s Daytona 500.

“We’ll use this car as a baseline, to build a car for the 500 that’s hopefully even better than this one,” he said.

First however, for Bayne and the Wood Brothers Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, are two more races in 2013, at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 3 and in the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov.17.

Talladega Rain Means Bayne Will Start 26th In Camping World RV Sales 500

_TBE1053Trevor Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will line up 26th for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after qualifying was rained out on Saturday.

Bayne and his Motocraft/Quick Lane crew had hoped to take a run against the clock, but still took great satisfaction in the fact that they will be racing on Sunday. The threat of rain on qualifying day causes slight anxiety, as competing on a limited schedule could mean missing an event, should the rains come at just the wrong time.

“We’re very happy to be in the starting field,” said team co-owner Eddie Wood. “You have to take things as they play out.”

Wood pointed out that qualifying likely would have resulted in a much better starting spot, but it also could have turned out to be a disappointment.

“Something could have happened, even when you have a fast car,” he said. “The important thing is we’re in the show, and we’ll go from here.”

Bayne’s starting position was determined by his ranking in the first practice session as NASCAR’s rules dictate. His best lap of 198.220 miles per hour came in spite of the fact that he wasn’t concentrating on drafting in that session. Instead, he and his Donnie Wingo-led crew were focusing on single-car runs to prepare for qualifying, as there was very little hint of rain in the forecast at that point.

“We’ll be fine,” Wood said. “We’ve got a good Ford Fusion for Sunday.”

The Camping World RV Sales 500 is set to start on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern Time with TV coverage on ESPN.

Bayne, Wood Brothers Back on Track for Camping World RV Sales 500

1185049_10151681438343145_1033552784_nTrevor Bayne, the Wood Brothers and their No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion are headed to Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500.

Over the years, the Woods have been one of the most successful teams at Talladega. Team founder Glen Wood and fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Walter “Bud” Moore lead all Ford team owners with five Talladega victories each.

Throughout its history, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team has been known for its fast Fords at Talladega and sister track, Daytona International Speedway. It’s true in recent years too, as evidenced by a win in the 2011 Daytona 500 and a pole and four other starts of eighth or better in the past 10 years at Talladega.

This year’s effort is no different than others in years past. Crew chief Donnie Wingo and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew took the best superspeedway car in their fleet and reworked, massaged and fine-tuned it until they were confident it was ready for some fast laps at Talladega. A recent wind tunnel assessment backed up all of Wingo’s tweaks and tunes, and he said the results were encouraging.

“Everything looked really good there,” he said.

1001947_10151684092238145_1032090206_nThe real test comes on Sunday at the race track, and Wingo is ready to do his part there as well.

The veteran crew chief, who went to Victory Lane at Talladega in 2009 with Jamie McMurray driving a Roush Fenway Racing Ford he prepared, said winning at Talladega is all about getting in an advantageous position for those final, frantic laps.

“You have to hope you’re in the right place at the right time and not the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said, adding that the crew chief’s challenge is to try to give his driver the best track position possible after the final pit stop. “You want to try to do as little as you can to the car on the last stop, and make sure it’s full of fuel.”

“After that, it’s kind of a crapshoot.”

Qualifying for the Camping World RV Sales 500 is set for 12:10 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, with the race set to get the green flag on Sunday at 2 p.m. with TV coverage on ESPN.