As soon as his wildest dream became reality, Knoxville's Trevor Bayne had to be told by his radio crew to go ahead and let loose! Let the celebrating begin and celebrate the youngster did by spinning his #21 Wood Brothers Ford around on the most famed race track in Nascar.
The youngest winner of stock car racing's Super Bowl, by 5 years no less, blurted out, "..are you kidding me!" "..I don't even know where to go!" Track officials had point out to him the way to Victory Lane.
There's a true genuineness to this Knoxville native, who says his favorite TV show is a cartoon, Rugrats. But don't let that boyish persona fool you. Bayne, who turned 20 years old on the day before the 500, is as mature as they come on the speedway. I've been watching Nascar a long time and have seen my share of races at Daytona since 1984. That was as solid a run at the World Center of racing as I've ever seen. The true sign that this wonder kid has arrived is the respect he's being given by his fellow drivers. Not one derrogatory statement was fired his way after the race. Only compliments including one from the guy who finished second on Sunday, Carl Edwards, who basically said your gonna love this kid.
We at Sports Overtime first met Trevor as a 14 year old high school student in the Central High library. A breath of fresh air even at that tender age, he continues to exude the same confidence, but in the most humble manner. On a weekend when Nascar paid tribute to one of it's greatest drivers, Dale Earnhardt Sr., could we have seen the birth of the sports next legend? Trevor Bayne was just shy of his 10th birthday when the Intimidator lost his life at Daytona. Ten years later, at that very track, I know the kid would have made the driver of the famed 3 car proud!
He's certainly made Knoxville proud winning over fans at an alarming rate. He's Knoxville's newest sports hero and in time, this Cinderella story just might become the greatest sports legend our city has ever seen.