Bayne Chases Down Dillon In Iowa

Trevor Bayne celebrates after winning Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)
Trevor Bayne celebrates after winning Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

NEWTON, Iowa – Austin Dillon looked like he had the field covered during Sunday’s rain-delayed NASCAR Nationwide Series DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway.

Trevor Bayne had other ideas.

Dillon started on the pole and completely dominated the race, which was pushed to Sunday because of rain Saturday night. He looked like he was his way to his first victory of the 2013 season, but it all went away in the final 30 laps of the 250-lap event.

Slowly second-place Bayne began to close the gap on Dillon, who was fighting his way through lapped traffic. With 20 to go Bayne had closed to within a second of Dillon. Four laps later Bayne was right behind Dillon and preparing to challenge for the race lead.

Bayne looked inside of Dillon in turns one and two with 14 laps left and the two drivers swapped a little paint down the backstretch. The two young drivers stayed side-by-side for the next lap and made contact again coming out of turn two on the next lap.

The Ford Mustang of Bayne was able to nose ahead of Dillon’s Chevrolet Camaro as they crossed the start-finish line with 11 laps left to take the lead. Bayne completed the pass for the lead as he entered turn one, dropping Dillon back to second.

Once he made the pass, Bayne drove away from Dillon and held on to win his first Nationwide Series race of the year. His last and previously only Nationwide victory came in 2011 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The victory completed a landmark week for Bayne, who earlier this week married his girlfriend Ashton.