Trevor Bayne shakes his head about the wonder of it all.
Not the Daytona 500 victory last year.
No, it’s being unable to get sponsorship to race his Nationwide car at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
The NASCAR media star of 2011 has to leave his No. 60 Ford parked for Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, and he can’t even say how many more races he’ll be able to run the rest of the year.
“It’s a changing number. I’m not even sure right now,” he said Tuesday.
What is certain is that sitting out of the race means he’s giving up any real chance of competing for a Nationwide Series championship. He’s in fourth place in the driver standings with three top-10 finishes, and none worse than 14th, a pace that has kept him close to series leaders Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
But no money means no race.