CONCORD, N.C. (WVLT) -- A year ago on the NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, only a handful of reporters talked to Trevor Bayne.
Not this go around.
Not after forever having "Daytona 500 winner" attached to his name.
The Knoxville racer was in front of the lights and lenses Tuesday afternoon as 200 media outlets made their way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual NASCAR media bonanza.
Eleven months after his big win at Daytona, Bayne is still a big deal. Mobbed by the media, Bayne said he's hopeful, and ready, of becoming a 2-time Daytona 500 winner.
" think this year I kind of know what to expect," Bayne said. "Even if we do win the Daytona 500, I kind of know how to take it in. I knew that I should take it in last time. Everybody told me, 'Hey, take this in. It doesn't happen.' So I'm looking around, trying to take it in, but I didn't know how to honestly."
Next month, Bayne will try to become the first back-to-back Daytona 500 winner since 1995. The last driver to accomplish the rare feat, also a Tennessee driver, Columbia's Sterling Marlin.
"Sterling Marlin had the Power T on his stuff for a little while so I feel good about that. I didn't think about that. Only a couple of drivers have done it, but that's our goal this year. We go to the track every weekend to win. Our guys are building cars that are capable. We have a team that is capable. If everything plays into our favor, then we can do that."
But before heading to Daytona, Bayne will head out of the country. On Thursday, he's leaving for Kenya on a Christian outreach mission trip. Bayne knows he's fortunate. He wants to help those that are not.
"People in this kind of sport, people in this country, that have people going out and protecting us so we can do what we love to do. There's other countries that don't have that luxury. People that don't have clean water that have to walk miles for water. When I come back here and I finish second, I think it's a bad day. It changes my perspective a little bit. It's just really humbling.
Bayne also said the trip to Africa would be his first out of North America.
As for Bayne's cup agenda, he'll once again run less than 20 races for the Wood brothers. and his Nationwide season also may not run the full schedule, as his team at Roush Fenway has not secured sponsorship.
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