The debate will always rage on between what is better for driver development – dirt or asphalt. Dirt has a long list of graduates currently racing in the Cup series, while asphalt strictly racers are few and far between.
One driver that has defied the mold is Trevor Bayne. Bayne came from an extensive asphalt background, but according to an interview with USAToday, Bayne will soon be frequenting the dirt world.
Bayne was quoted as saying, “It’s tough; I’ve raced my whole life, and I don’t know what else to do,” Bayne said. “I’m going to start putting together a dirt late-model program to go race in my spare time when I’m not running Cup or Nationwide to keep a little more sharp. There’s nothing like seat time. No matter what kind of car, there’s nothing like it.”
Bayne got the idea from watching last week’s Prelude to the Dream exhibition race, which pits stars from various racing series at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway.
“It’s always an awesome race, and I want to be in it every year, but I never take the initiative to run a dirt car,” said Bayne, who is planning to align with existing teams rather than build his own cars. “I don’t want to go there as my first one. Hopefully next year, we’ll be ready to go.”
Bayne has raced in some modified events and infact ran a grudge match against Tony Stewart where Stewart almost flipped.
We wish the best of luck to Bayne, hopefully we will start seeing him at some of the large late model races.
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