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Pit Note 5: Bayne Moves To Cup; Busch Wins History 300 Pole
Posted by: newsla on May 25, 2014 - 05:04 AM
Pit Note 5: Bayne Moves To Cup; Busch Wins History 300 Pole

BAYNE MOVES TO CUP – Mark Martin made the No. 6 car famous, but Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he handed over the steering wheel to the next generation. Via pre-recorded message, Martin announced that Trevor Bayne will move into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time next year with Roush Fenway Racing, returning the famous No. 6 to action with sponsor AdvoCare.


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“My time in the 6 car will always be special to me, and yes, there’s a part of me will always be No. 6,” Martin said. “Because of that, I’m excited to say Jack Roush is bringing back the No. 6 Ford to the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2015. It’ll have Trevor Bayne behind the wheel and be sponsored full-time by Advocare. I know the combination will be awesome.”

Bayne currently drives the No. 6 for Roush Fenway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he is fifth in points. But he is most famous for his underdog victory at Daytona in 2011.

“This is obviously the biggest news I’ve had in my life,” Bayne said. “This is something I’ve waited on since I was 5 years old, wondering what car I’d be in with what brand. The older I got, the more the economy changed and the less it looked like I would have one sponsor to be behind me for a full season. Now I can gladly say I know what that brand is going to be for me.”

AdvoCare offers a variety of general nutrition, weight loss and sports performance products through a network of independent distributors, whom Director of Sponsorships Mike Vaught said are going to be stoked.

“There are people who come in your life that just make you a better person being around them, and Trevor’s one of them,” Vaught said.

BUSCH WINS POLE FOR HISTORY 300 – Kyle Busch (No.54 Monster Energy Toyota) “I have complete confidence in my team and all the guys back in the shop. We say that every week; we thank all the guys back at the shop, and that’s why. Everyone at Joe Gibb’s Racing dug in and helped us, yesterday and last night, get the car back together where we needed to be. I really appreciate it, and I’m proud to be back out here today. I screwed up for them and they had to go through that, but it was a lot better decision for us to take the car back and fix the car, get it done right. Knowing we had the speed, we were able to come out here and sit on the pole. The track is hot, it is slick. The car gets to moving around a bit. I’m glad we took the car back to the shop and fixed it right and not tried to hammer through it here.

BRANTLEY GILBERT DOING THE TRIPLE – Kurt Busch is getting a lot of press for his double duty this weekend, shuttling back and forth between Indianapolis and Charlotte as he prepares to run both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600. But country music star Brantley Gilbert is going to give Busch a run for his money in the mileage department.

“We’re in a competition,” Gilbert said. “I don’t know if Kurt knows or not, but I’m taking it real serious.”

And so far, he may actually be in the lead. In addition to his pre-race concert Sunday prior to the Coca-Cola 600, Gilbert is in the midst of a record promotion tour and a motorcycle ride with partner Folds of Honor, which will wrap up Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition, Gilbert and his label Big Machine Records will also grace the hoods of Kyle Larson’s Nationwide Series car for the HISTORY 300, Jamie McMurray’s Sprint Cup car for the Coca-Cola 600 and Indy rookie driver Sage Karam’s machine in the Indy 500.

“We’ve got Brantley’s face on the rear deck lid,” said Larson, who will start third in Saturday’s HISTORY 300. “We start up front, so we’ll just keep it there and get a win with him; I think that’d be pretty cool.”

For a kid who grew up in a small rural Georgia town, just half a mile from a dirt track that his family frequented, being top billing at the Coca-Cola 600 is a bucket-list event.

“I’m just happy to be part of a race that has so much history,” Gilbert said “I’ve been going my whole life to races, but I never dreamed I’d be playing a concert on the front straightaway before this one, so I’m a pretty proud cat right now.”

After appearing the media center Saturday, Gilbert will head off to play in Iowa, then on to Indianapolis for the start of the Indy 500. He will chopper out of the infield to head back to Charlotte for a 4 p.m. concert on the frontstretch, and then will finish Monday in Arlington, Va.

Gilbert’s pre-race concert will feature his hit song “Bottoms Up,” which has topped the Country airplay charts and scored the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Singles Chart.

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES POLE NIGHT SPONSOR – Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced that Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka will be the title sponsor for the speedway’s Aug. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying night and USCS Sprint Car shootout.

“We are really excited to own Friday night of Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway,” said Nancy Mathis of Wind Creek Hospitality. “The reason this partnership is so perfect for us is Atlanta Motor Speedway’s folks are our folks, and our folks are Atlanta Motor Speedway’s folks. And we love Atlanta Motor Speedway because they love their fans and go the extra mile to take care of them, just as we strive to do.”

Wind Creek Hospitality operates casinos, hotels, race tracks, poker rooms and entertainment facilities in Alabama and Florida, including the 283-room Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka, located about two hours from Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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