By Lee Montgomery firstname.lastname@example.org
Driver: Trevor Bayne
Team: Diamond-Waltrip Racing
Car: No. 99 Toyota
Crew chief: Jerry Baxter
Quick bio: Bayne could be the next superstar in the sport, as many believe he is the total package. Bayne, 18, is a talented driver with an ebullient personality to match. Once a Dale Earnhardt Inc. development driver, Bayne hooked up with former NASCAR team owner Gary Bechtel last year, leading to the formation of Diamond-Waltrip Racing for 2010.
Why he’ll finish sixth: Bayne displayed plenty of speed last year, winning a pole and qualifying in the top 10 10 times in his 15 races. Now, he needs to transfer that speed into learning how to race. Crew chief Baxter should be a good teacher in that regard.
Why he might finish higher: Bayne has a talented crew around him, from Baxter to engineer Todd Gordon to Michael Waltrip’s Sprint Cup operation. If things click right away, the teen-ager could contend with the Cup drivers for the title.
Why he might finish lower: No matter how talented Bayne is, he remains 18 years old. Very few drivers have the wherewithal to withstand the pressure of NASCAR at that age. Is Bayne among them?