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Bayne back for more Cup races in 2012

It's been confirmed that Trevor Bayne will be back for 12 Sprint Cup races in 2012 with Wood Brothers Racing, following last year's season that began with a shock win in the Daytona 500.
The Wood Brothers Racing team have confirmed that they will once again be fielding Trevor Bayne in their #21 car for at least 12 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2012.

Bayne had a similar arrangement with Wood Brothers Racing in 2011 that extended to 17 races, and in his first outing of the year he raced to the biggest shock win of the entire season by clinching the prestigious Daytona 500, following a late restart that saw leader David Ragan sent to the back for a rule infringement.

However, it was not certain whether the team would be able to continue with their deal with Bayne into 2012 until this week's announcement, which also confirmed that Ford Customer Service Division brands Motorcraft and Quick Lane will return as sponsors for the partial-season entry.

"It's taken a long time to get to this announcement, but it's good to be back together," said team co-owner Eddie Wood. "We all wanted to do what was best for Ford Motor Company and its young drivers, and to be sure everybody had a place to race."

"It's a big deal for me. It's what I had hoped for. We're all excited to be back together," said Bayne. "The Woods are such a great racing family, and it's amazing that they're the only one of the original teams that has survived since the beginning."

Bayne went on to point out that there was a lot of preparation needed between now and the start of the season at the end of February given rule changes affecting air intake into radiators designed to reduce two-car tandem drafting. "It's going to be very different at Daytona," he agreed. "It'll be like starting all over again, but that's okay ... We'll just go try to do it again."

Bayne's Daytona 500 win came in only his second Cup career start, and delivered Wood Brothers their fifth Daytona 500 victory in a long history of NASCAR competition that extends back to their first entry in 1950. The team will announce which 11 races they will enter in due course, in addition to allowing Bayne to defend his Daytona 500 title in the Cup season opener.

Bayne's main focus in 2011 was on the Nationwide Series, where he was competing for Roush Fenway Racing alongside fellow development driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Bayne was forced to sit out a number of races mid-season after being bit by a mystery illness thought to be the result of an insect bite, and duly lost ground on the championship leaders while Stenhouse went on to claim the 2010 Nationwide title.

RFR will itself field Stenhouse at Daytona in the #6 car vacated by David Ragan, who was let go by the team at the end of 2011. The car is automatically qualified for the first five races of the season based on the 2011 owners points, but lacks sponsorship to fund a full season of competition.




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