Bayne is taking the place of Bill Elliott in the Wood Brothers No. 21 car this season, and the future is getting brighter by the minute for the soon-to-be 20-year-old driver. A partnership between Roush Fenway Racing and the Wood Brothers will put Bayne behind the wheel of top-notch equipment for 17 or more races in 2011. Despite making just a single Cup start at this point in his career, big things could be in store for Bayne.
What Bayne lacks in experience, he makes up in talent. He finished seventh in his first full season at the Nationwide level last season, making him the second-highest non-Cup driver. During a three-race stretch of non-companion events, Bayne won three consecutive poles and finished in the top five in all three events. In his lone Cup start, Bayne qualified 28th and finished 17th at Texas last fall. That's not bad for a guy making his first career start in the middle of the Chase.
Bayne should only get better with more time behind the wheel, and the addition of Roush Fenway Racing equipment should help the learning process. He is the future for Jack Roush and company, but for fantasy owners, his impact will start this season. With at least 17 starts planned for Bayne, he will be a frequent sleeper pick in all fantasy formats. He is even worth a roster spot in fantasy draft leagues.
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