Trevor Bayne’s return to NASCAR has left a lasting impression, making him a name to watch for teams that need to fill seats for 2023.
Downsizing from four cars to three, Joe Gibbs Racing elected to take the #18 Toyota and make it their “star car” with different drivers filling the seat on a weekly basis. But Bayne has seemed to shine the brightest in his time on the track.
The 2011 Daytona 500 winner made the most of his first start in the #18 Toyota when he competed at Auto Club Speedway. After winning the first stage and leading 24 laps, Bayne finished in third place finish in his first Xfinity Series race since 2016.
He followed that up with a pole and a fourth place finish at Phoenix Raceway. Through five starts, Bayne has scored three top five finishes and four top 10 finishes. With limited time to hop back into the sport he left in 2018, he has made the most out of his opportunity, and he still has three scheduled starts remaining this year.
Amid an impressive year on a part-time schedule, here are three possible landing spots for Trevor Bayne in 2023.
Possible Trevor Bayne landing spots: No. 3 – Full-time broadcasting career
While Bayne has been flirting with the opportunity of a full-time NASCAR schedule, he has also shown his talent in the booth, calling a number of ARCA Menards Series and Truck Series races.
Additionally, he has served as an analyst on the FOX program Race Hub, pairing him with fellow NASCAR broadcaster Adam Alexander and host Kaitlyn Vincie.
Television may be the least appealing option from a driver’s perspective, but Bayne has shown to be a natural at it. If a full-time driver opportunity can’t present itself for 2023, expect to see Bayne still in NASCAR, just in a suit and tie and not a firesuit.