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After taking off the entire 2019 season, Trevor Bayne is back in NASCAR.
The 2011 Daytona 500 winner will drive the No. 40 for Niece Motorsports in this week’s Darlington Raceway event for the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, the team announced Aug. 31.
“After almost two years of being out of the seat, I’m so excited and grateful for another chance to go racing,” Bayne said in a team statement. “The call from Niece Motorsports to get back behind the wheel at Darlington was unexpected and came together really fast. They have a great group and a lot of potential with their program. I’m looking forward to working with everyone there and going back racing this weekend.”
The No. 40 will boast sponsorship from Plan B Sales and Proceller8 for the race.
Bayne last drove in a NASCAR national series race at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, finishing 21st in the 34th race of the season.
Darlington will mark Bayne’s debut Truck Series start. He has one win, five top fives and 16 top 10s in 187 Cup starts, plus two wins, 25 top fives and 73 top 10s in 152 Xfinity Series appearances.
Bayne joins Greg Biffle as former Cup full-timers (as well as past Roush Fenway Racing drivers) racing in the Darlington Truck field; Biffle will make his first start of the year there in GMS Racing’s No. 24.
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