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After a tiring month as chief of operations for NASCAR Speedweeks, Bill France finally relaxed late Sunday following Marvin Panch’s Daytona 500 victory and said, “The race was safe, the weather was beautiful, the crowd was enormous, everything was perfect.” France wasted no time in predicting, “Attendance for the fourth Daytona 500 next year will be 15 percent larger.”
Trevor Bayne’s stunning Daytona 500 victory accomplished more than just the emergence of a new star. It allowed NASCAR to save face.
The drivers and teams all fled Daytona on Sunday night, flying in their private aircraft back to the real world.
Trevor Bayne has been on a whirlwind tour since stunning the NASCAR world Feb. 20 at Daytona Int’l Speedway when he held off 42 of the best drivers in the world to win the Daytona 500. After starting off in Daytona Beach, Fla., Bayne traveled to Bristol, Conn., Chicago, Ill., and San Francisco, Calif.
One day after celebrating his 20th birthday, Trevor Bayne became the youngest driver to win NASCAR's biggest event, the Daytona 500, in just his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. Driving the Wood Brothers' famed No. 21 Ford, it was the fifth victory for the storied organization in the...