Young Trevor Bayne surprised everyone and emerged as the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, beating all the race veterans and gaining the title for being the youngest winner in race history.
Bayne claimed victory a day after his 20th birthday and raced his heart out for NASCAR’s oldest team, the Wood Brothers, at the Daytona International Speedway one Sunday morning, giving the legendary team their fifth Daytona 500 win since they first won the Cup in 1976. The Wood Brothers previously won the Cup in 2001, marking their fourth win’s 10th anniversary.
“This is so crazy. I don’t even know what to say,” Bayne said after his surprising victory, “I almost feel undeserving because … all these guys out here that are racing against us that have been trying to do this for so long.”
Bayne pulled off a shocking and surprising win with his no. 21 Ford, emerging victorious against NASCAR veterans Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ended up in the 24th place after his racing car hit a flat tire. Carl Edwards finished second and has nothing but praises for the young winner.
“Second place in the Daytona 500 feels way worse than any other position I’ve ever finished in the Daytona 500,” Edwards said. “But that is made better by listening to Trevor and how excited he is. He is really a nice young man, a great guy to represent this sport with this win.”
“I think the world’s going to like him a lot,” he added.