Maryville, Tenn. (WVLT) - After missing time in 2011 due to illness and not running a complete schedule in 2012 due to lack of sponsorship, up and coming racing star Trevor Bayne found a new way to sharpen his skills. Bayne spent Thursday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville behind the wheel of a dirt track car.
Bayne says getting the chance to drive anything will help him, "Seat time is important no matter what it is. Whether it's dirt cars. Whether it's Sprint Cup cars, Nationwide, trucks. It doesn't matter what it is. It's still seat time. And you know, even running road course go karts. Whatever it is, if you can get behind the wheel, it's way better off for you."
Despite not racing on dirt since he was 11, Bayne turned in impressive times. He was faster with each lap. Trevor truly enjoyed his time, "That was awesome. I didn't expect to get it going that quick. I'm just glad the right side is still on it. So I had a lot of fun though."
Bayne said he was confident before getting in the car, but even he was surprised by how well he took to the different surface, "I did expect it to go a little bit worse to be honest. I thought I would be sliding around, spinning out. We'll come back out and run again. This is a lot of fun and I want to do a lot more of it."
Bayne would not say if he would commit to running any races on the dirt track but hinted that he would be interested in taking to the track against some competition.