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Trevor Bayne, No. 16 Roush Fenway team will skip Nationwide race at Iowa

Trevor Bayne
Trevor Bayne

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Roush Fenway Racing has decided to withhold Trevor Bayne from NASCAR competition this weekend, including Sunday's Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway and Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. the team announced Thursday.

Also, Roush Fenway announced that its No. 16 Nationwide Series team, which is 14th in the series' owners standings, will skip the Iowa race, too.

"Although we would like for Trevor to be on the track this weekend, we want to make sure that he is fully back to prime condition before he goes out to compete with the best drivers in the world," Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said in a statement.

"He has been undergoing tests and out of his routine for almost a month now. With that disruption in his schedule, he has not been able to take part in our daily training activities and he's going to need a little more time to get acclimated to the strenuous demands of a NASCAR racing schedule.

"Obviously we would love to have him back out on the track, but we are not prepared to do that until we are sure that he's 100 percent. His symptoms have improved tremendously, but we're still not all the way back to where we want to be."

"We knew all along that there was not a timetable for his return," said Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing. "We knew it would be a process and we continue to work towards his return. Trevor really wants to be back, and we remain hopeful that we'll have him competing again soon."

Neither the Roush Fenway No. 16 Nationwide Series entry, nor the Wood Brothers No. 21 Sprint Cup entry, will participate in the NASCAR races this weekend. The Wood Brothers, however, do intend to participate in the Pit Crew Challenge this evening.