Bayne Sticks with Nationwide, Despite Daytona Win
By choosing Nationwide over Sprint, Bayne proved to be a mature driver, willing to learn before going for more, despite the very tempting offer made by NASCAR. The sanctioning body said that Bayne would have been eligible for the rookie of the year title, with the Daytona win possibly turning into a wild-card entry into the Chase.
"The only thing that changed is that we get to be the Daytona 500 champions, which is really, really incredible," Bayne said according to NASCAR. "But I think that we're still going to have an awesome year at Roush Fenway, running for that Nationwide championship.”
"Obviously, they have still got a blank car, and I'd love to get some partners on it, but as for now, we're still running full time, and the Wood Brothers only have 18 races. ... I don't regret any of our decisions there. We're off to a good start in both series with a 10th and a first."
Bayne managed to win the Daytona 500 season opener last weekend, ahead of veterans Carl Edwards or Kurt Busch. By doing so, he became the youngest driver in history to win Daytona and secured the first win for his team in 10 years.