Trevor Bayne will be competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the first time in over five years. It will also be the first time for him to drive a Toyota in a NASCAR race in almost a decade.
Bayne will race the #18 Toyota Supra at Auto Club Speedway on February 26th, Phoenix Raceway on March 12th, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28th, Nashville Superspeedway on June 25th, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16th, Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 15th, and Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 15th (22 October). Devotion Nutrition will be his sponsor.
Bayne’s NASCAR career is defined by his victory in the Daytona 500 as a 20-year-old back in 2011. He spent much of his Cup and Xfinity Series career with Ford as part of the now-defunct RFK Racing family, including a full season in the premier division between 2015 and 2017.
Bayne’s full-time Cup schedule for 2018 was reduced to a part-time schedule, and he dropped out of NASCAR for the next two seasons. In 2020, he returned to NASCAR by competing in eight Camping World Truck Series races for Niece Motorsports.
The 31-year old finished in the top ten twice, including a near-win at Talladega; he also had a top five taken away after being disqualified at Bristol. In 2021, he did not compete in NASCAR.
Bayne has returned home to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he owns Mahalo Coffee Roasters with his wife Ashton, now that his full-time job is basically gone. He also races dirt cars such as late models, which Devotion Nutrition supports, in addition to stock cars.
Bayne last drove a Toyota in the Xfinity Series for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2009 and 2010. He drove the team’s #99 Toyota Camry for the entire 2010 season before signing with then-Roush Fenway Racing to end the year.
With Trevor Bayne now joining Joe Gibbs Racing it means the #18, which was raced to the 2021 Xfinity championship by Daniel Hemric before leaving for Kaulig Racing, will now race as a multi-driver car for the team. The #54 previously held the position, winning eleven races and placing second in the owner’s championship.