Former Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Set for Truck Series Race at Darlington Raceway

Published 09/01/2020, 5:53 AM EDT


NASCAR teams are pulling all stops to make the first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway since 2011 a memorable one.

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Earlier, it was announced that former Cup Series drivers Greg Biffle and David Ragan are set to feature in this weekend’s Truck Series race at Darlington. Another former Roush Fenway Racing driver Trevor Bayne is now set to join them.

The 2011 Daytona 500 champion, Trevor Bayne, will make his return for Niece Motorsports. Bayne returns to NASCAR for the first time since 2018. Sunday’s race will be his first Truck Series start, and he will drive the No. 40 Chevrolet.

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Trevor Bayne on his Truck Series debut

“After almost two years of being out of the seat, I’m so excited and grateful for another chance to go racing,” Bayne said of his return. Bayne did not expect the call up from Niece Motorsports to drive for them.

“The call from Niece Motorsports to get back behind the wheel at Darlington was unexpected and came together really fast,” Bayne added.

“They have a great group and a lot of potential with their program.  I’m looking forward to working with everyone there and going back racing this weekend!” he further said.

Bayne has three starts each in the Cup Series and Xfinity Series at Darlington in the past. The No. 40 car for Niece Motorsports has been driven by a host of top drivers this year.

The list includes the likes of Ross Chastain, Garrett Smithley, Ryan Truex, and Travis Pastrana.

Former teammates Biffle and Bayne to face off at Darlington

Meanwhile, 2000 Truck Series champion Greg Biffle will drive the Darlington race for GMS Racing. He will get behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet.

This will mark his first appearance in the Truck Series following his win at the Truck race in Texas last year while driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. David Ragan will drive the No. 17 car for DGR-Crosley.

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Biffle and Trevor Bayne were teammates as well for Roush Fenway Racing in 2015 and 2016.

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Wally Rogers is the Crew Chief for Bayne’s No. 40 Chevrolet. Charles Denike and Marcus Richmond will step in as the Crew Chiefs for Biffle and Ragan, respectively.

The Truck Series returns to the Darlington Raceway on 9th September after nine long years. This will be the seventh race ever for the Truck Series at ‘Too tough to tame’.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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