Talladega: Wreck makes bad month worse for Bayne
TALLADEGA -- Talladega got its first big wreck on lap 72 when Erik Jones spun and sparked a crash that took out a half-dozen drivers.
Jones spun up the track into Trevor Bayne, who lost his full-time ride last week, and that started a chain reaction. Jamie McMurray, Bayne, Jones, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola took damage.
“I feel pretty bad about ruining everybody’s day around me and my own,” Jones said.
Afterward, Bayne still wasn’t certain how he got caught in the wreck.
“I’m going to have to watch TV to see what happened,” he said. “We got our track position back. I was at the top, the very top, and next thing I know I was turned.”
Bayne is 26th in the points standings and has no top 10 finishes. On top of that, he has been dropped to part-time status after three years as a full-time Cup driver. Roush Fenway Racing has signed Matt Kenseth to drive part-time in the No. 6 car, which was Bayne’s full-time ride.
The announcement was made last week, and Kenseth’s first race is supposed to be March 12 at Kansas.
Bayne announced in 2013 that he had received a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. On Friday, in a statement he read for reporters at Talladega, he said his health is “100 percent.”
“I am as fit physically, mentally and spiritually as I have ever been to do my job well,” he said.