As it stands now, Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne will take his first week off from the Sprint Cup Series at Richmond on April 30.
But according to Bayne the Wood Brothers are working behind the scenes with its main sponsor, Ford Motorcraft, to extend Bayne’s part-time campaign.
In an interview with My Country 96.1 FM in Long Island that aired Friday, Bayne was asked about Motorcraft picking up another race to keep the rookie on the track. Bayne admitted that it was a possibility.
“Yeah, we’re working on it…if they decide to pick up another race that would be awesome, but as of right now we’re not going to Richmond,” Bayne said. “We planned on running the first five in a row and then taking a break, but now we’re running the first eight in a row, so it’s kind of hard to take a break after you’ve been used to being in a rhythm and going every weekend.”
Bayne will run this weekend at Talladega and next month in the Sprint All-Star Race with funding from Camping World and Good Sam Club. The Wood Brothers were initially not going to run the All-Star Race, choosing to focus on points races to stay in the top 35 in owners standings while looking for sponsorship to run the full season. Bayne moved up to 30th in the owners standing with his 17th-place finish at Texas, his best finish since winning at Daytona.