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Bayne reveals illness diagnosis

Bayne will return to Daytona next month to defend his victory there, once again in the Wood Brothers #21 car in which he will run a second partial Sprint Cup season of at least 13 races. That will be alongside a hoped-for full-time campaign in the Roush Fenway #16 in the Nationwide Series, although the team are still struggling to find sponsorship for him to compete for the title alongside his RFR stablemate and current Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

"We're working at it as hard as we can, because I want to run for a championship," Bayne told reporters during the second day of NASCAR's preseason media tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "But right now, it's probably part-time."

"We've got some discussions going on, and our goal is to run him full-time in Nationwide. Whether that comes to fruition or not, we'll probably see in the next several weeks," said Steve Newmark, the president of Roush Fenway. "We're still kind of in the midst of some discussions there."

Bayne also revealed that he had briefly been a candidate for the #22 seat at Penske Racing after it was vacated by Kurt Busch "by mutual agreement" at the end of the 2011 season.

"They reached out to my team," Bayne revealed. "I said, 'Look, I'm under contract with Jack [Roush], I'm going to stay loyal. He's stayed loyal to me through my tough times. If you can work something out, and Jack says that's the best thing for me, I trust his opinion.'

"Obviously, Jack didn't think that was the best thing for me!", said Bayne, after the seat eventually went to AJ Allmendinger instead. "So he must have big plans for us in the future, because we're still here and still racing for him."




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