Daytona win hasn't paid all-star dividend
Friday, Mar. 18, 2011
BRISTOL, Tenn. As of now, the surprise winner of this seasons Daytona 500 has no ride in the May 21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Trevor Baynes win in the 500 guaranteed him eligibility for a chance to win the $1 million top prize in this seasons all-star event, but his Wood Brothers team currently doesnt have funding to field the No. 21 in the race.
While the Wood Brothers have expanded their Cup schedule since Baynes upset win Bayne will now run every Cup race through the April 17 race at Talladega, Ala. the team will not stretch its funds to cover a non-points race.
Were looking for more money and we are already planning to run the 600 at Charlotte, said team co-owner Eddie Wood. So far we havent come across anything that really works.
Weve gone over (to CMS) to run the small race the last two years hoping to make the big race and now that were able to run in the big race, were not going to be there.
Wood said the teams focus right now is to perform the best it possibly can in the races for which sponsorship is already obtained and in the process try to keep the car in the top 35 of car owner points for as long as possible, which guarantees a starting spot each week.
If you had money to go to the all-star race or the money to go to a points race, youd probably pick the points race right now, Wood said.
Wood said that even if the Wood Brothers dont field the No. 21 in the all-star race, Bayne could possibly run the event for another team.
Where we stand today, we have a couple things working for that, but nothings really happened yet. I dont think the No. 21 will be there, he said.
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