OXFORD — Trevor Bayne, who won last year’s Daytona 500, will be racing in Maine at the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 22.

“I am excited to run the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway,” Bayne said in a press release. “It is one of those events that every short track racer from around the country knows about and hopes to get a chance to run one day. The race is super-competitive, but I feel like I have a good shot.”

Bayne, 21, joins other NASCAR veterans who have raced in the TD Bank 250, including Matt Kenseth (2004-05), Kurt Busch (2004), Kyle Busch (2005-06, 2011), Terry Labonte (2007), and Kevin Harvick (2008). Harvick finished first in his only TD Bank 250, while Kyle Busch also took home the victory in 2011.

“Kevin and Kyle have set a high standard the past few years and I will definitely check in with them to get some advice,” Bayne said.

Bayne, 21, won the Daytona 500 one day after his 20th birthday. It was his second career Sprint Cup Series race. He took the lead on a restart with three laps to go and held off Carl Edwards for the victory. Bayne missed over a month of racing with Lyme Disease and failed to finish higher than 15th in any other Sprint Cup races in 2011, but has placed in the top 10 twice this year.

“We are excited to have Trevor come to Oxford to race,” OPS owner Bill Ryan said. “It is a thrill for our fans to see the best NASCAR has to offer right here on a short track in Maine. Trevor is a great driver and I am sure he will be in the mix all race.”

Bayne threw out the first pitch at the Red Sox-Orioles game June 5 at Fenway Park. He often speaks about his Christian faith, and in an interview for Chad Bonham’s “Inspiring Athletes” series, Bayne talked about how the public feels about Christian athletes thanking God after a victory.

“That’s probably why I’ve experienced such highs and lows,” Bayne said. “What are we made of? Are we just saying we trust Him because we’re winning? I think that’s how He’s used me.”

 

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