A year ago Trevor Bayne made his Roush Fenway Racing debut at Kansas Speedway, just a few days after joining the organization.
Driving the No. 17 Ford with a new team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Bayne and the team had their work cut out for them, yet still showed the promise that has made Bayne one of the hottest young drivers in the Nationwide Series.
"I've only been to Kansas one time, but it was a pretty big step for me in my career as it was my first race with Roush Fenway Racing," Bayne said. "It was as really cool deal and a huge step in my career. I can remember we had not even been there a week and everything was so new for me, it made for a pretty tough race."
This weekend, Bayne returns to the scene of his Roush Fenway debut, but this time looking for much more than acclimation to a new race team. This year Bayne along with crew chief Chad Norris will look for a trip to the winner circle.
"I'm looking forward to going back this year," Bayne said. "I really like Kansas. It's a great place to race and those style of tracks are great to race on. Hopefully we can get our first win there this weekend, where we made our first start with Roush Fenway last season."
Bayne and the No. 16 team will look for Roush Fenway's second Nationwide Series win at Kansas, and its first since Jeff Burton took the checkered flag there in 2002. Roush Fenway has won seven times in NASCAR action at Kansas.