Trevor Bayne Becomes Youngest Driver To Ever Win The Daytona 500

Written by Michael Lambarde on Feb. 26, 2011

Trevor Bayne made history this past Sunday by winning the Daytona 500 race and becoming the youngest driver to ever do so. Bayne is 20-years-old and even though champagne was poured all over him, he wasn’t even old enough to legally drink the bubbly. He won after just his second start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The win really shocked Bayne as he took to the radio and told the fans how shocked he was by saying, “Are you kidding me? …Am I dreaming right now?.. I don’t even know where to go.” The race was as important for Bayne as it was for the history of the race. In the 53-year history of the Great American Race, this race was the most improbable. Bayne held off a strong challenge from Carl Edwards to win the race at .118 seconds earlier.

Several drivers fell victims to the revamped 2.5-mile speedway on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman were taken out of contention during the race after accidents on the backstretch. Bayne was in the race against more experienced drivers like Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Kurt Busch. Ironically, they have been chasing the Daytona 500 title for years now and lost it to someone who has tried it for just two seasons.


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