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Bayne's World: Getting ready for Daytona and the season

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Diamond-Waltrip Racing driver Trevor Bayne will run the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2010. (Photo: Autostock)

By Trevor Bayne
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: hopes to provide readers behind-the-scenes coverage, and part of that will be blogs from Nationwide Series drivers. Today, we present the thoughts of Diamond-Waltrip Racing driver Trevor Bayne.)

Racing’s not just something I do, it’s something I enjoy. The offseason is kind of like sitting there having to watch something you like to do, having to watch everybody else do it – but you’ve got to sit there on the sidelines. It’s pretty terrible. That’s what it’s been like. I’ve watched racing all offseason, and that’s all I got to do was watch it. Fortunately, I got to go snowboarding and do some other things to keep my mind occupied. But I really enjoy racing, and I miss it and I’m ready to get back after it here.

Filming a Nationwide commercial in Los Angeles last week was a really cool experience. I didn’t expect it to be like that. We played around and made some YouTube videos around the house, but that was like four of us. I get the set list at the hotel and I’m said to Stacie Fandel, my PR person, "Stacie, are all these people really going to be there?" There were like 75 people on the list. I’m like, "Holy cow, this is the real deal." At that point, it kind of sunk in when I saw the list of people that were going to be there.

It was really awesome. I had a lot of fun. It’s cool to see the producer’s vision. When he’s standing there showing you what you’ve got to do, it’s pretty cool to see how that stuff actually comes together and how they can make so much out of so little. A small set, they can turn into a whole race track. A lot of fun.

There is no level of comfort yet at Daytona. The only thing I’ve got is a good group of guys, and our car blew really well in the wind tunnel. But that’s the wind tunnel,. It’s not to the race track. So you never know what you’ve got until you get there. Especially in this situation, where we’ve never been to a place like this before. I’ve been to Talladega and have done a little bit in the new car, but it’s definitely going to be a new experienced and something I’ve got to pay attention and learn every time I’m out there. We definitely can’t go out there and go through the emotions. We’ve got to be looking to learn every time we hit the race track, making the car better and from a driver’s standpoint.