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Trevor Bayne to make NASCAR return for Nationwide Series race at Chicago

Trevor Bayne
Trevor Bayne

Trevor Bayne will make his NASCAR return next week in the Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing says.

As a precautionary measure, Roush Fenway Racing and Wood Brothers Racing have decided to withhold Bayne from NASCAR competition this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but subject to any unforeseen changes, the 20-year old driver is expected to fully resume his regular racing schedule beginning at Chicagoland in the No. 16 Roush Fenway entry.

He will make his next Sprint Cup start in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford two weeks later at Michigan on June 18.

"By all standards Trevor had a great week," Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said in a statment. "His symptoms have completely subsided. He tested at Virginia International Raceway on Tuesday, had one of the fastest Nationwide Series cars on the race track and his team was extremely pleased with his progress. As a result, we plan to have him back in competition next week in Chicago, and have consulted with his doctors at the Mayo Clinic and the NASCAR medical staff about that timetable.

"Of course, Trevor is a competitor and he wanted to be back on the race track this weekend. However, we feel it is in his best interest for us to exercise an abundance of caution with this matter and withhold him from racing this weekend; especially considering the length of the races and the fact that Trevor is just starting to get back into his daily routine.

"Although Trevor would have preferred to compete in all 900 miles this weekend, he respects and understands our decision and will shift his considerable focus to his return at Chicagoland next weekend."