CONCORD, N.C. - Trevor Bayne’s education as a dirt late-model driver will get a dose of higher learning when the 2011 Daytona 500 winner competes Wednesday night in the Circle K World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Less than two months after making his full-fender debut on clay, the 21-year-old Bayne will test his developing dirt-track skills against the countrys best drivers in a 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series event that kicks off Bank of America 500 week at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With Bayne not running a full NASCAR schedule this season, the youngest Daytona 500 winner in the events 54-year history has been dabbling in dirt Late Model racing at tracks near his native Knoxville, Tenn., for the last two months.
Wednesday nights WoO LMS program will mark his second consecutive dirt Late Model road show start in a race held in conjunction with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.
Bayne is coming off the best run of his fledgling dirt Late Model effort, a fifth-place finish in last Friday nights Super Late Model feature at Talladega (Ala.) Short Track.
He returned on Saturday night to the high-banked oval across the street from Talladega Super Speedway – where Bayne drove the Wood Brothers No. 21 to a 21st-place finish in Sundays Sprint Cup event after running out of fuel with three laps to go - and placed 15th in a Southern All-Stars Late Model Series A-Main.
Bayne’s first-ever start at The Dirt Track at Charlotte will come behind the wheel of a No. 21 machine sporting sponsorship from Lionel and Action Racing Collectables (ARC), the popular die-cast brand owned by Lionel that is celebrating its 20th year of producing die-cast race cars. His dirt Late Model will actually carry a color and graphics scheme that Bayne himself helped design.
“This year I’ve had a great partnership with Lionel as a spokesman for their Action Racing Collectables die-cast brand,” Bayne said in a press release announcing his dirt late-model sponsorship deal with Lionel and ARC. ”And when Lionel told me they wanted to sponsor me in the dirt race at Charlotte, I decided to get creative and design a really cool 20th Anniversary car for them.”
According to the release, Bayne sketched out his ideas for the car and worked with the Lionel companys production staff to be sure the design was just right. The finished product will not only be seen on the track but on a 1:24 scale ARC die-cast car that is being produced for Bayne’s one-time-only dirt ride. Fans can find information on ordering a No. 21 Action Racing Collectables Ford dirt late-model by visiting a Lionel-authorized die-cast dealer or logging on to www.lionelracing.com.
Bayne, who will run the Wood Brothers No. 21 in this weekends Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will be one of several NASCAR drivers in Wendesdays Circle K WoO LM Showdown, joining brothers Austin Dillon (2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and contender for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series title) and Ty Dillon (current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader) and Josh Richards (a two-time WoO LMS champion who has spent most of the 2012 season concentrating on NASCAR Nationwide Series action).
Both Dillon boys - the grandsons of veteran NASCAR team owner Richard Childress - have visited Victory Lane at The Dirt Track. Austin won FASTRAK Late Model Series events in 2007 and 09 and Ty captured the 2008 FASTRAK race.
Richards, meanwhile, is very accomplished at The Dirt Track. He’ll climb back into his father Marks familiar Rocket Chassis house car on Wednesday night to chase his fourth consecutive win in the Circle K WoO LM Showdown.