Bayne on pole for Daytona Nationwide race

Bayne on pole for Daytona Nationwide race


Daytona Beach, Fla. (WATE) - Knoxville native Trevor Bayne has a knack for doing big things at Daytona International Speedway.

Two years ago Bayne shocked the sports world by becoming the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500.

On Friday, in his first year as a full-time rider with Roush-Fenway Racing, Bayne secured the pole position for Saturday's Nationwide Series event at Daytona.

"It just gives me more confidence in the team and the way (crew chief) Mike Kelly was high-fiving me and all the guys were pumped up, it's a good start," Bayne said after his qualifying run of 177.162 MPH. 

"It does give (the team) some confidence in me and in our group of guys again. I am so thankful to God for surrounding me with this group of guys and can't thank them enough for the race car they brought here."

Bayne took the pole position mid-way through Friday's qualifying session. He then waited while other heavyweight drivers-- Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski-- tried to bump him.

None did.

Bayne will share the front row with Sam Hornish, Jr.

The Knoxville native and 2011 Daytona 500 winner will start 33rd in a back-up car on Sunday after being involved in a crash in Thursday's 500 qualifying race.

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