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Even though NASCAR would have allowed Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne to change his eligibility for the championship from the Nationwide Series to the Sprint Cup Series, Bayne announced Tuesday he is sticking with his plans to run for the Nationwide title.
As tempting as switching to Sprint Cup would have been-with NASCAR saying he would become eligible to run for rookie of the year and that his win at Daytona would count toward a possible wild-card entry into the Chase-Bayne showed he either is mature beyond his 20 years or has gotten some excellent advice-or both.
Weighted most heavily in his decision is the plan to run a partial schedule on the Cup side-even with the Daytona 500 win. At this point, barring additional sponsorship, Bayne plans to run 18 races in the Cup series for Wood Brothers Racing and a full Nationwide schedule for Roush Fenway Racing.
"The only thing that changed is that we get to be the Daytona 500 champions, which is really, really incredible," Bayne told Sporting News on Tuesday during a conference call with reporters. "But I think that we're still going to have an awesome year at Roush Fenway, running for that Nationwide championship.
"Obviously, they (Roush) 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 (in Saturday's Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide event) and a first."