Trevor Bayne, youngest Daytona 500 winner ever, will make NASCAR return with Joe Gibbs Racing

2022-06-19 00:15:41 By : Mr. Mark Liu

The youngest Daytona 500 winner in history will get another chance behind the wheel this season. 

Trevor Bayne, who won the 2011 Daytona 500 at just 20 years old, will run seven races for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, he announced Wednesday night on Fox Sports 1's Race Hub. Bayne will run the No. 18 Toyota with Jason Ratcliff as his crew chief. 

Bayne last raced full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2017, and ran a part-time schedule in 2018. The now 30-year-old made eight Truck Series starts in 2020.

Bayne will run seven races this season for JGR, beginning Feb. 26 at California's Auto Club Speedway. 

Other races include: Phoenix (March 12), Charlotte (May 28), Nashville (June 25), New Hampshire (July 16), Las Vegas (Oct. 15) and Homestead-Miami (Oct. 22). 

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Bayne's win in 2011 was one for the history books. Not only did he become the youngest driver to win the 500, but he did so in the famed Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford. 

The race produced 74 lead changes and eight overtime laps. The plan was for Bayne to push David Ragan to victory after a late caution. Ragan passed Bayne, the race leader, before getting the green flag. Ragan was black-flagged and sent to the rear of the field.

The last two laps produced a wild shootout between Bayne, Carl Edwards and David Gilliland. 

In the decade since Bayne hoisted the Harley J. Earl Trophy, his life and racing career have undergone many twists and turns. In 2019, Bayne and wife Ashton started the Knoxville-based coffeeshop chain, Mahalo Coffee Roasters. 

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Trevor Bayne, youngest Daytona 500 winner ever, will make NASCAR return with Joe Gibbs Racing