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NASCAR - Drivers Emerge As The Future Of The Series

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Daytona, July 27, 2011: This time last season Trevor Bayne lit the wick on his rocket to stardom in NASCAR, posting his first of three consecutive poles at Lucas Oil Raceway. The feat tied a series record, and he went on to finish fourth that night.

“I love short-track racing and this race is all about the drivers,” Bayne said. “I have been in position to win the last two times we were at LOR and I am really looking forward to Saturday night.”

Like Bayne, Austin Dillon and Drew Herring are also beginning to climb the ranks of popularity. Dillon primarily races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but last weekend finished third in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Nashville. Dillon has finished in the top 10 in all three of his starts this season and will be piloting the No. 33 car for KHI again this weekend.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Drew Herring made his second start of the season last weekend at Nashville in the No. 18 car. He posted his first top-10 finish and kept the No. 18 team atop the owners’ standings. This weekend Herring will still be working with the same crew chief, Adam Stevens, but will be in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota instead of the No. 18.