No. 6 driver climbs out of wrecked car before safety crew arrives RELATED: NASCAR issues penalties following Dover races MORE: NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell discusses safety issue " Bayne wrecks, called to hauler NASCAR handed down penalties Wednesday to Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne for exiting his car without the supervision of safety officials during last Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway . Bayne , in his first full Sprint Cup season for Roush Fenway Racing 's No. 6 Ford team, was fined $20,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. A three-car crash in the 174th lap of Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks tangled up Bayne and HScott Motorsports teammates Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier . After Bayne's car skidded to a stop with severe front-end damage, he dismounted during the caution period and walked down the banked track surface in Turn 1 to the awaiting ambulance for the mandatory ride to the infield care center. NASCAR formalized the rule, which is presented as a reminder during each pre-race drivers' meeting, last August after a fatal accident involving three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart . Stewart was driving a sprint car at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park's half-mile dirt track when driver Kevin Ward Jr. exited his car after a crash and was struck and killed. The rule allows a driver to leave his or her vehicle before the arrival of safety personnel in the event of extenuating circumstances, such as fire. Bayne's infraction came two days after a similar incident involving driver Jennifer Jo Cobb , who walked onto the track surface to express displeasure with eventual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner Tyler Reddick as vehicles circled during the yellow flag. WATCH: Cobb unhappy with Reddick after spin Race officials summoned Bayne to the NASCAR hauler Sunday for consultation. Monday morning, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell told NASCAR.com in its weekly debrief that punishment was likely pending. "Both drivers were called to the hauler and we'll look at both of those incidents, like we always do Tuesday but for us it's a safety issue,” O'Donnell said. "We want to keep the race track as safe as possible for the competitors." Bayne finished last in the 43-car field. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 31, 2015) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina going into the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on September 6 (7 p.m. ET on NBC). DARLINGTON-SPECIFIC STATISTICS Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ortho Ford) · Two wins, three top fives, six top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 12.800, eighth-best · Average Running Position of 10.597, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 105.7, fifth-best · 296 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 160.175, fifth-fastest · 2642 Laps in the Top 15 (71.7), seventh-most · 326 Quality Passes, second-most Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota) · One win, two top fives, six top 10s · Average finish of 13.600, 11th-best · Average Running Position of 8.995, third-best · Driver Rating of 106.1, fourth-best · 236 Fastest Laps Run, third-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 160.348, third-fastest · 3134 Laps in the Top 15 (85.1), third-most · 374 Quality Passes, series-most Dale Earnhardt Jr (No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet) · Four top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 11.200, sixth-best · Average Running Position of 11.404, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 94.3, eighth-best · 110 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.954, ninth-fastest · 2650 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9), sixth-most · 312 Quality Passes, fourth-most Carl Edwards (No. 19 ARRIS Toyota) · Three top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 13.100, ninth-best · Average Running Position of 13.732, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 91.0, 12th-best · 151 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.807, 12th-fastest · 2262 Laps in the Top 15 (61.4), 12th-most · 287 Quality Passes, eighth-most Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet) · Seven wins, 19 top fives, 23 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 7.400, second-best · Average Running Position of 7.629, series-best · Driver Rating of 112.7, series-best · 262 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 160.593, series-fastest · 3356 Laps in the Top 15 (91.1), series-most · 314 Quality Passes, third-most Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota) · One win, four top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 6.889, series-best · Average Running Position of 8.644, second-best · Driver Rating of 107.1, second-best · 186 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 160.315, fourth-fastest · 2849 Laps in the Top 15 (86.0), second-most · 303 Quality Passes, sixth-most Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's/ Budweiser Chevrolet) · One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 16.300, 12th-best · Average Running Position of 14.772, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 93.1, 10th-best · 167 Fastest Laps Run, second-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.885, 10th-fastest · 2531 Laps in the Top 15 (68.7), ninth-most · 267 Quality Passes, 10th-most Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) · Three wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 8.800, third-best · Average Running Position of 9.992, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 106.8, third-best · 256 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 160.443, second-fastest · 2789 Laps in the Top 15 (75.7), fourth-most · 291 Quality Passes, seventh-most Kasey Kahne (No. 5 HendrickRideAlong.com Chevrolet) · Three top fives, four top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 17.500, 13th-best · Average Running Position of 10.665, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 97.9, sixth-best · 230 Fastest Laps Run, series-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 160.069, seventh-fastest · 2597 Laps in the Top 15 (70.5), eighth-most · 233 Quality Passes, 13th-most Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · One win, three top fives, ten top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.100, fourth-best · Average Running Position of 13.487, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 93.2, ninth-best · 123 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.814, 11th-fastest · 2382 Laps in the Top 15 (64.7), 11th-most · 264 Quality Passes, 11th-most Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) · Seven top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.300, seventh-best · Average Running Position of 11.409, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 95.8, seventh-best · 64 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 160.086, sixth-fastest · 2778 Laps in the Top 15 (75.4), fifth-most · 259 Quality Passes, 12th-most Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet) · Four top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 10.900, fifth-best · Average Running Position of 14.805, 13th-best · Driver Rating of 88.1, 13th-best · 105 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.791, 13th-fastest · 2153 Laps in the Top 15 (58.4), 13th-most · 311 Quality Passes, fifth-most Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet) · One top five, three top 10s · Average finish of 13.111, 10th-best · Average Running Position of 13.116, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 92.1, 11th-best · 127 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 159.992, eighth-fastest · 2153 Laps in the Top 15 (65.0), 10th-most · 278 Quality Passes, ninth-most The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 10 at D arlington Raceway Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Kevin Harvick 18 1 1 4 7 1 17 93.1 2 Joey Logano 6 0 0 0 2 1 23 77.9 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 20 0 0 4 9 1 14.3 94.3 4 Brad Keselowski 6 0 0 1 2 0 14.3 84.7 5 Jimmie Johnson 16 0 3 9 12 1 8.4 106.8 6 Martin Truex Jr 9 0 0 1 3 0 13.1 92.1 7 Matt Kenseth 21 1 1 3 10 1 16 93.2 8 Kurt Busch 18 2 0 2 5 1 17.9 81.6 9 Denny Hamlin 9 0 1 4 7 0 6.9 107.1 10 Jamie McMurray 14 1 0 3 5 1 16.1 82.6 * – Based on last 10 races at Darlington Raceway (2005 – 2014). Darlington Three Year Average Finishes Of Drivers Currently 17th – 30th In The Standings Points Pos. Driver 3 Yr. Average Finish (2012 - 2014) 17 Aric Almirola 21.0 18 Kasey Kahne 20.7 19 Greg Biffle 10.0 20 Austin Dillon 11.0 21 Kyle Larson 8.0 22 Danica Patrick 27.0 23 Casey Mears 25.7 24 AJ Allmendinger 24.0 25 David Ragan 33.0 26 Sam Hornish Jr . * 0.0 27 Tony Stewart 9.0 28 Trevor Bayne * 0.0 29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr . 19.0 30 Justin Allgaier 23.0 * Sam Hornish Jr . and Trevor Bayne have not made starts in the last three seasons at Darlington in the NSCS. Statistical Advance At Darlington Raceway : History · Darlington Raceway was built as a 1.25-mile paved superspeedway in 1949-1950. · Darlington Raceway hosted the first 500-mile race in NASCAR history and the first on asphalt on Sept. 4, 1950 – 75 cars competed in the event - Curtis Turner won the pole at 82.034 mph, and the race was won by Johnny Mantz (Plymouth, 75.250 mph, 6:38:40) . · The track was re-measured to 1.375 miles in 1953. · The track was re-configured to 1.366 miles following the spring race in 1970. · The track was repaved in 1995. · The 2005 race was the first Saturday night race at Darlington. · The track was repaved again prior to the 2008 season. Starts · There have been 111 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington Raceway . The 1.366-mile track has hosted the fifth most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying races. · 709 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway ; 428 in more than one. · NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Darlington with 65. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 34 starts; followed by Tony Stewart with 22. · Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Darlington with a 6.824. · Jeff Gordon (6.8), Ryan Newman (8.6) and Kasey Kahne (9.1) are the only active three drivers with an average starting position in the top 10. · 125 different drivers have made NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career debut at Darlington Raceway . Poles · Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light Pole Award at Darlington in 1950 in an Oldsmobile with a speed of 82.034 mph. · 48 drivers have Coors Light poles at Darlington, led by David Pearson with 12. Kasey Kahne leads all active drivers with four. · Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Darlington. Kasey Kahne is the only active driver with consecutive Coors Light poles (2005-2006). · David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Darlington with five (1975 - 1977). · Youngest Darlington pole winner: Kurt Busch (09/02/2001 – 23 years, 0 months, 29 days). · Oldest Darlington pole winner: David Pearson (09/06/1982 – 47 years, 8 months, 15 days). · Eight drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Darlington Raceway : Cotton Owens (1957), Fred Lorenzen (1961), Bill Elliott (1981), Ken Schrader (1987), John Andretti (1995), Kurt Busch (2001), Elliott Sadler (2003) and Clint Bowyer (2007). Wins · 47 different drivers have won at Darlington Raceway , led by David Pearson with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven wins; followed by his HMS teammate Jimmie Johnson with three. · Six drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Darlington Raceway : Johnny Mantz (1950), Nelson Stacy (1961), Larry Frank (1962), Terry Labonte (1980), Lake Speed (1988) and Regan Smith (2011). · Youngest Darlington winner: Kyle Busch (05/10/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 8 days). · Oldest Darlington winner: Harry Gant (09/01/1991 – 51 years, 7 months, 22 days). · Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Darlington in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 14. Manufacturer Wins Chevrolet 41 Ford 28 Mercury 10 Oldsmobile 6 Dodge 5 Pontiac 5 Buick 4 Plymouth 4 Hudson 3 Toyota 3 American Motors Company 2 · 11 different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Darlington; led by Chevrolet with 41 victories; followed by Ford with 28 and Toyota has three. · 20 of the 111 (18.02%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in last season’s event. · NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson has won from the pole four times at Darlington – the series’ most. · The Coors Light pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Darlington. The outside front row (second-place) has produced the second-most wins (17). Wins · 37 of the 111 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the front row: 20 from first-place and 17 from second-place. · 96 of the 111 (86.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Darlington have been won from a top-10 starting position. · Six of the 111 (5.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Darlington is 43rd by Johnny Mantz in 1950 – the inaugural NSCS event. · 13 drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Darlington; Dale Earnhardt (1989-1990) and Jeff Gordon (1995-1996) are tied for the series-most in consecutive wins at Darlington with three each. · All seven active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Darlington Raceway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Among active drivers, Kyle Busch won at Darlington in the fewest previous appearances (three). · Matt Kenseth competed at Darlington Raceway 19 times before winning last season; the longest span of any the six active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners. · Tony Stewart leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington without visiting Victory Lane at 22. Additional Finishing Position Stats · Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Darlington with eight each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in second-place finishes at Darlington with four. · Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Darlington with 25. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19; followed by Jimmie Johnson with nine. · Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes at Darlington with 35. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 23; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart with 12 each. · Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Darlington with a 6.889. · Three active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have an average finish in the top 10 at Darlington: Denny Hamlin (6.8), Kyle Larson (8.0) and Jimmie Johnson (8.4). Track/Event Specific Stats · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington Raceway is the (03/16/2003) race won by Ricky Craven with a MOV of 0.002 second over Kurt Busch . The MOV is tied with the 2011 Talladega race as the closest finish in the NSCS since the inception using electronic timing and scoring. · There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting in a green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway : 2005 (367/370), 2011 (367/370), 2012 (367/368) and 2014 (367/374). Additional Finishing Position Stats · Eight of the 111 races at Darlington Raceway have been shortened du
Fifteen cars involved in crash on Lap 47 RELATED: Complete race results " Chat about the race Nearly half the field scattered when the "Big One" erupted on Lap 47 of Sunday's GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway . The No. 6 of Trevor Bayne got loose and slid up into the outside wall coming out of Turn 2, then spun and collected 14 additional cars. Bayne's car came to rest pinned against the outside wall. "I haven't seen it yet, but it looked like the No. 27 (of Paul Menard ) just got too close to us," Bayne said after being checked out in the infield care center. " I hate that a lot of cars got torn up, especially the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion. The air is so sensitive here. When you get too close to somebody, it just pulls you around." It appeared that the No. 41 car of Kurt Busch and the No. 27 of Paul Menard both got alongside the No. 6, possibly close enough to take the air off of the No 6, but no one made contact with Bayne . Polesitter Jeff Gordon was the leader as cleanup crews worked to pick up the debris strewn across the track after displaying the red flag. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet led 32 of the first 47 laps. In addition to Bayne , those involved in the wreck were Kasey Kahne , who started the race on the front row with Gordon, Greg Biffle , Joey Logano , Kevin Harvick , Kyle Larson , David Ragan , Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., Alex Bowman , Danica Patrick , Aric Almirola , Justin Allgaier , Brendan Gaughan , Matt DiBenedetto and Landon Cassill . "I didn't see a whole lot," Larson said. "I saw the No. 6 ( Trevor Bayne ) get sideways in front of me. I don't know if somebody got into him or not, or if he just got the air taken off of him. From there just trying to miss the wrecks, and I thought I was going to clear it all, then the No. 40 started coming back up the track and I clipped him. It's tough." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Aric Almirola and Trevor Bayne had differing opinions following an incident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Roush Fenway Racing driver wins ARCA race as he gets more Pocono seat time RELATED: Bayne , wife expecting first child " Bayne fined after Dover LONG POND, Pa. -- Trevor Bayne said the fine NASCAR issued him was a "hard pill to swallow" but the Roush Fenway Racing driver understands the seriousness of safety. Bayne was fined $20,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31 by the sanctioning body on Wednesday for exiting his car without the supervision of safety officials during last Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway . He also had been summoned to the NASCAR hauler for consultation on Sunday. "It's really tough," Bayne told NASCAR.com on Friday at Pocono Raceway , site of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "It's something they take very serious and I take very serious. Obviously, safety is a priority and I understand that. It's a hard pill to swallow as big as the fine is for what I did. My car was on fire and I got out of the race car, which you are going to have to do. I felt like I was trying to exit the racing surface to get to the ambulance. I guess I needed to wait on the ambulance to get to me. "I made a mistake and it won't happen again. It's really unfortunate. I felt like it was not an intentional thing by any means." Bayne was involved in a three-car crash with HScott Motorsports teammates Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier in the 175th lap of the race. Bayne's car skidded to a stop with severe front-end damage, he dismounted during the caution period and walked down the banked track surface in Turn 1 to the awaiting ambulance for the mandatory ride to the infield care center. NASCAR formalized the rule, which is presented as a reminder during each pre-race drivers' meeting, last August after a fatal accident involving three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart . Stewart was driving a sprint car at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park's half-mile dirt track when driver Kevin Ward Jr. exited his car after a crash and was struck and killed. The rule allows a driver to leave his or her vehicle before the arrival of safety personnel in the event of extenuating circumstances, such as fire. Bayne's infraction came two days after a similar incident involving driver Jennifer Jo Cobb , who walked onto the track surface to express displeasure with eventual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner Tyler Reddick as vehicles circled during the yellow flag. Cobb was fined $5,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31. Thursday brought better news for Bayne with the announcement that he and wife Ashton are expecting their first child. "We're really excited," Bayne said with a wide smile on his face. "Ashton and I have been looking forward to this for a long time. I feel like we had good timing here so far with it being a December baby, so we will be able to be home for the first couple of months with it and they'll travel with me. There's a lot of babies in the garage so we definitely aren't on our own in this. Just really excited about it." Kyle Busch , Brad Keselowski and Landon Cassill have all welcomed children into the fold in the past month. This weekend, Bayne will be pulling double duty at Pocono, running the Sprint Cup race on Sunday and the Pocono ARCA 200 in the ARCA Racing Series on Saturday afternoon. With no prior experience at the Tricky Triangle, the 2011 Daytona 500 winner is looking for as much seat time as possible. "I've never run anything at Pocono so that's the point just to get seat time on this racetrack to learn," Bayne said on Friday before ARCA practice. "I want to get as many laps as possible and I think that's a good way to do it. I've never been in an ARCA car before this racetrack so got to learn those as well. Feel like its going to be a lot of fun." The additional seat time was fun indeed and a success for Bayne as he scored the pole position for his first ARCA race and roared to victory. That came a day after Bayne qualified 33rd for Sunday's Sprint Cup race. Kyle Larson won the ARCA event at Pocono last year ahead of his first start at the track. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR exec hints at Tuesday news; 'expects' more meetings with drivers NASCAR officials have already had post-race conversations with drivers Trevor Bayne and Jennifer Jo Cobb . On Tuesday, the sanctioning body likely will react in a more stern fashion. Bayne and Cobb exited their cars prior to the arrival of safety workers during separate races this past weekend at Dover International Speedway , a move forbidden by the sanctioning body except under extenuating emergency conditions. The rule was enacted following the death of 20-year-old Kevin Ward in August of last year during a non-NASCAR sanctioned race in New York. Ward left his car and approached three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and was struck by Stewart's car. At Dover, Cobb was involved in an accident with race leader Tyler Reddick early in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. She climbed out of her truck and walked up the track to gesture at Reddick as he and the rest of the field circled around the track under caution. RELATED: Watch Cobb's angry reaction Bayne ( Roush Fenway Racing ) was involved in a three-car incident during Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks . He dropped his safety net and exited his No. 6 Ford before the arrival of emergency workers. RELATED: Bayne crushes car at Dover "Certainly what you saw with Trevor and with Jennifer Jo -- both drivers were called to the hauler and we'll look at both of those incidents, like we always do, Tuesday, but for us it's a safety issue," Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president and chief racing development officer for NASCAR, told NASCAR.com on Monday. "We want to keep the race track as safe as possible for the competitors. You'll likely see us react to that a little bit more on Tuesday." Such incidents are considered behavioral infractions, and NASCAR officials address each situation individually. Among the penalties NASCAR may employ, if warranted, are probation, fines, suspension of the annual hard card or loss of points. The requirement to remain in one's vehicle until emergency workers arrive following an accident is reiterated during each driver's meeting prior to an event, O'Donnell said. "The drivers are required to stay in their car if they are involved in an incident, unless of course there are extenuating circumstances, i.e., the vehicle is on fire, smoke, whatever that may be," he said. "… Under no circumstances should anyone walk across the track or down to the apron." • O'Donnell said the meeting between officials and a select group of drivers Saturday evening at Dover was the result of ongoing conversations between the two parties. The two groups met to discuss several topics, including safety and the 2016 rules package for the Sprint Cup Series. Among the drivers participating were Denny Hamlin ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Stewart ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Dale Earnhardt Jr . ( Hendrick Motorsports ) and defending series champion Kevin Harvick (SHR). "We've always had dialogue with the drivers, probably in a more formal capacity at the beginning of the year," O'Donnell said. "We sit down with all of them in January. "If you look back over the last 12 months we formed an OEM council (consisting of representatives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota), we've met with a lot of the tracks. This is an idea that came in discussions with the drivers to look at a little bit more of a formal driver council. "So the meeting in Dover was the first. We expect more to happen and some great dialogue not only about what's going on today in the sport, but what's really cool about our drivers is they want to talk about the future and how we work together to grow the sport." O'Donnell said there were "parameters" in place concerning the drivers allowed to participate, "but the drivers ultimately selected who could be there from their standpoint. "A really good start to just continuing to communicate with the industry. Certainly the drivers not only in a one-one-one basis, but (also) in this capacity a little bit more formalized. "We can talk candidly about some things that we see maybe down the line … that aren't fully baked and get their thoughts on it and drivers can do the same. Obviously talk about any issues they may have, but I think just as importantly … what are some future ideas that we may want to work together on? Then we go from there and involve the other stakeholders in the sport and then make decisions as we look to grow the sport going forward." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Nationwide regular to run No. 6 car full-time in 2015 in Sprint Cup Series MORE: Full entry list RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota Trevor Bayne is entered in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) but not in what has usually been his Cup car. Instead of driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing as he has for his first 55 Sprint Cup Series starts, Bayne will pilot the No. 6 Ford as Roush Fenway Racing will field four cars for the race. Bayne , who is a regular in the Nationwide Series for RFR, is set to make the move to a full-time Sprint Cup ride with the organization in 2015. Carl Edwards is leaving for Joe Gibbs Racing , while Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . will make up the rest of the Sprint Cup team. For the Bank of America 500 , Bayne will have the primary sponsorship of AdvoCare, which will also serve as his primary sponsor for 2015. Veteran pit boss Bob Osborne, who won 18 races at Roush Fenway Racing with Edwards will be atop the pit box for the first time since 2012 as Bayne's crew chief. The No. 6 car made a brief return with Stenhouse Jr. making four starts in it in 2012. It was last driven in a full-time capcity by David Ragan in 2011, but the number is best known for being driven by Mark Martin from 1988 to 2006. Martin will be back with the organization in 2015 as a driver development coach. When the announcement was made in May at Charlotte that Bayne would be moving full-time to the Sprint Cup Series, Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark indicated that there was a strong likelihood that Bayne would run a handful of Sprint Cup races with the team toward the end of the season. Newmark said at the time, "I still think that you'll see us try to position something where you'll see the 6 roll out the latter part of this year." There is no word if Charlotte will be the only Sprint Cup event that Bayne will run with Roush Fenway in 2014. The importance of the No. 6 car to team co-owner Jack Roush was something he discussed at the May announcement. "I remember when I started with Mark Martin in 1988 and NASCAR gave us the No. 6," Roush said. "Of course, we had trials and tribulations, we were up-and-down that year and actually won our first race in 1989. I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it, but as we've gone through the years -- 26 years this fall -- this No. 6 DNA has worked its way throughout the organization. It's been really great to think about getting the No. 6 back on the track." Bayne has made nine Sprint Cup starts for Wood Brothers so far this season with best finishes of 19th place at Texas in April and at Michigan in June. He also won the 2011 Daytona 500 for Wood Brothers Racing. He has two career Nationwide Series victories and is currently sixth in the season standings. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Trevor Bayne makes slight contact with Michael Annett, causing Bayne to spin, sending him hard into the inside wall.
Trevor Bayne spins from the middle of the pack collecting several drivers, including favorites for the GEICO 500.
Sam Hornish Jr. gets heavy damage after making contact with Trevor Bayne at Fontana.