Trevor Bayne to enter All-Star Race
Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne will enter the May 21 All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, thanks to a sponsorship secured by Wood Brothers Racing for the event.
The Wood Brothers have lined up Camping World and Good Sam Club to sponsor the 20-year-old Bayne in the non-points event. Until sponsorship was lined up, Bayne, who qualified for the race with his surprising victory at Daytona, was not slated to take part.
Camping World and Good Sam Club also will sponsor Bayne's car in this Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
The partnership resulted from talks that began about three weeks ago.
"It's tough to find sponsors. We're just lucky to have this one for the next couple of races," Bayne said Tuesday. "We're pumped up about it. I know we're looking at some more sponsorship and hopefully it does come about, but sponsors are hard to come about for anybody."
The Wood Brothers made it clear before the season they would not participate in All-Star Weekend events without sponsorship. The plan was to focus money on points races in Bayne's limited Cup schedule to help keep the car in the top 35, where it would be guaranteed a starting spot in Sprint Cup events.
They began the season prepared to run 16 events, then added races at Martinsville and Darlington after the Daytona 500 victory. Bayne is uncertain whether his schedule will expand beyond 19 races.
"We've had some interest, trying to figure out what we can do to increase our schedule, but I'm not really worried about it," Bayne said. "I'm content with the 19 races we're going to run right now. I'm happy with that. That's good for next season. We're not in any kind of crunch to have to run more races now."
The No. 21 Ford is ranked 30th in the owner's standings following Bayne's 17th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Bayne is not eligible for points in the Cup because he declared to run for the Nationwide Series title as the season began.
The sponsorship announcement capped an interesting few days for Bayne, who was treated and released from a Charlotte hospital Sunday for a swollen elbow caused by what appeared to be a reaction to an insect bite.
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com.