The Glass Slipper Fit! Trevor Bayne Wins Daytona 500
Twenty-year old Trevor Bayne went to the big dance and in David versus Goliath fashion, went out and won the Daytona 500 in only his second Sprint Cup start. The only difference — there were at least a dozen Goliaths hounding him at the finish.
In a day that saw records tumble like dominoes — most cautions (16), most lead changes (74), and the youngest winner (Yesterday was Bayne's birthday - the previous young winner was a 24 y/o Jeff Gordon) — NASCAR fans were treated to a new kind of event. In what other sport would you get on the radio, talk to a competitor, and plan strategy? It's safe to say this is unique in the world of sports. The only way to win is to partner up with someone you want to beat.
Bayne saw steady improvement in the Wood Brother's Motorcraft Ford from the time they arrived for Speedweeks. He was never fastest but he was consistent. Jeff Gordon showed a ton of respect for Bayne's talent in the 2nd of last Thursday's qualifying duels. Gordon pulled the young driver around for several laps before the rookie got caught up in an accident. Even then you could see Bayne would have a bright future in NASCAR. I told someone earlier that Trevor Bayne would be a superstar - but not today. Boy, was I wrong about that one.
It was good to see Leonard Wood and the classic Motorcraft paint job back in victory lane for their 5th Daytona 500 trophy. NASCAR heads west this week for next Sunday's race in Phoenix.