Trevor Bayne overcame a speeding penalty to earn his best finish of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Bayne started the event in 23rd, but drove up through the field inside the top-10. When the caution flag flew for a David Ragan spin, Bayne headed to pit road. Bayne was displayed the black flag for speeding on pit road, which resulted him in starting from the tail end of the field.
Bayne drove back through the field to inside the top-10, but Bayne was unable to restart in the preferred lane during the late race restarts and ultimately finished 11th.
“It was a good day and we’ll keep fighting,” Bayne said.
“It’s a good finish for our guys but every weekend when I leave the track I just kind of look and say, ‘Did I do everything I could do to get every position,’ whether that was 23rd or 11th, so I felt like I did a good job tonight. I wish I wouldn’t have sped on pit road.”
Bayne’s best performance at the Tennessee short track was a fifth place effort in 2016.
In April, it was announced that Matt Kenseth would return to Roush Fenway Racing and drive a partial schedule in the No. 6, splitting the ride with Bayne. Kenseth’s best finish of the season was at Pocono Raceway in June.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return to action in two weeks at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 2nd (6:00 p.m. EDT, NBCSN, MRN)