“Talladega and Daytona make up four of our races this season, so we want to be good when we show up,” Bayne said. “Obviously, the single car runs that we are doing today won’t translate when we come back to Talladega because the qualifying format will be different then. For Daytona here in a couple of weeks we will have some single car runs to set the field for the duals. That’s what we are working on today, just finding speed in our car. Speed is always a good thing so that is what we are in search of.”
Going to the season, Bayne has high expectations in the Nationwide Series and in the Cup series he looking to make the most of the 12 races that he is racing in the No.21 Ford for Woods Brothers Racing.
“Our 12 races on the Cup for Motocraft, Quick Lane and Ford,” Bayne said. “Those are three main logos that you will see on the car all year, because they take care of us. Those 12 races we try to make the best of them. If we can win a race like we did in 2011, but realistically top 15’s and top 10’s are good for us being a part time team. On the Nationwide side, we definitely can get a couple of wins in there. The main focus is the championship for Advocare. “
Bayne is a veteran on the Nationwide circuit. Last season, Bayne finished sixth in the standings as he recorded a win and he earned a pole. The 22 year-old believes that the No.6 Ford Rousch Fenway Racing team has a chance to celebrate a championship at Homestead this year.
“I don’t feel a whole lot of pressure from that,” Bayne said. “You gain a reputation because of expectations and what people think you can do. Hopefully, we build that expectation because we have done that. I want to be a strong competitor all season long and be a favorite for a championship. If people don’t see us that way we want to prove that we are contenders for a championship. This is our season to do that.”
Last November, Bayne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He said that his life and the way he prepares for NASCAR hasn’t been affected.
“Fortunately for me right now it has just been a diagnosis,” Bayne said. “It hasn’t had any effect on my daily life; I still train very hard every day. I am doing triathlons and driving race cars, so I feel like I am pushing myself pretty hard, but I haven’t seen that limitation yet and hopefully I never do. I am thankful that God has sustained me this long and that we can continue going.”
Bayne trains six days a week. After testing finished on Thursday, Bayne planned to get his three mile run in around Talladega Superspeedway.
“A typical training day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday I go see a trainer for an hour for strength and balance, “he said. “Those days I also swim a mile and a half and then I will run depending on what day it is how many miles it is. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday I do strength and agility again, then run and bike for an hour and a half for 25- 30 mile.”
Bayne hopes that his training will pay off at the end of the season with a championship.