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Cup commuter: Trevor Bayne has a long drive (or a short flight) to work

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CHARLOTTE – Trevor Bayne will be commuting to Roush Fenway Racing farther than he races for the team on most weeks in NASCAR’s premier series this season.

The Knoxville, Tennessee, native relocated his family last December from the Charlotte area to his hometown, which is more than 200 miles from Roush’s headquarters in Concord, North Carolina.

Bayne, though, plans to travel weekly to his team’s shop so he can meet with officials and crew members on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“They’ve been great with it,” Bayne said during the NASCAR on NBC podcast of Roush’s reaction to the move. “As long as I’m committed in getting my work done, they shouldn’t know a difference.

“A lot of drivers will (use video conferencing) or call into the meeting, and it’s like being there, but I actually want to be present as much as possible for the guys who aren’t in the meeting. The guys working in the shop or body shop that want to see you and know what’s going on to know that you’re committed.”

Bayne said he was encouraged by drivers (such as Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott) who have enjoyed out-of-state residency while racing for North Carolina-based teams.

His Knoxville home is about a three and a half hour drive to Roush Fenway, but Bayne plans on mostly flying to work. He is working on a pilot’s license and can rent planes while compiling his required hours for certification.

“Last year I started flying a little bit, and it’s a really short flight to get there,” Bayne said. “A little treacherous over the mountains. You’ve got to pay attention, but I feel it’s good for my mental state to travel back and forth and spend time with the guys.”

With two children under 2, it also will be good for childcare. The parents of Bayne and his wife, Ashton, live in Knoxville. “I really think this is going to be great for my racing and for our personal health,” he said. “Having grandparents around for a night a week if Ashton and I want to go on a date night or if I’ve got an appearance somewhere. … I think it’s going to be a really good thing.”

Bayne finished 22nd in the points standings last season, his third full time in the Cup Series. The 2011 Daytona 500 winner had a career-best six top 10s.

“Last year, we had a lot of big changes on our team with structure and different people,” he said. “This year, it’s more about refining those changes and seeing where we missed the gaps.”

You can hear Bayne at the 13:00 mark of the podcast, which also features William Byron, Aric Almirola, Michael McDowell, AJ Allmendinger and Clint Bowyer.

Click on the embed above to hear the podcast or listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you download podcasts.

2016 Team Preview: Roush Fenway Racing

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ROUSH FENWAY RACING

SPRINT CUP DRIVER LINEUP: Greg Biffle (crew chief Brian Pattie), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Nick Sandler), Trevor Bayne (Matt Puccia). Defending Xfinity champ Chris Buescher (crew chief Bob Osborne) will drive for Front Row Motorsports as part of an alliance with RFR.

XFINITY DRIVER LINEUP: Darrell Wallace Jr. (Seth Barbour), Ryan Reed (Phil Gould).

CHANGES: Veteran crew chief Brian Pattie joins the organization as Biffle’s crew chief, while Biffle’s former crew chief, Matt Puccia, shifts to lead Trevor Bayne’s team. Gould moves from former RFR driver Elliott Sadler’s team to crew chief for Reed. With Sadler moving to JR Motorsports and Buescher jumping to Front Row Motorsports, RFR will downsize from four to just two teams in the Xfinity Series this season.

DID YOU KNOW: The Cat in the Hat, aka team co-owner Jack Roush, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics (Berea College) and a Master’s Degree in Scientific Mathematics (Eastern Michigan University).

EXPECTATIONS: After one of the worst Sprint Cup seasons in team history (including going winless), it’s hard to think things can get worse in 2016. All three of its Cup drivers finished out of the Chase last season, and the highest-finishing driver (Biffle) managed to end up in just 20th place in the final standings. Roush has invested heavily into engineering and aerodynamics, which should help its hopes of rebounding this season.

WHAT THEY SAID:

— “Roush Fenway is in a great place for 2016. We have a lot of changes in place and yet we have a lot of continuity with things that have been good for us in the past,” said team co-owner Jack Roush.

— “Among the halls of Roush Fenway the last few months there has been a level of enthusiasm and energy that is unparalleled since I have been in this sport,” said RFR team president Steve Newmark.

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Trevor and Ashton Bayne welcome arrival of first child, Elizabeth Kate

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne and wife Ashton got the early Christmas gift they’ve been waiting for with the birth of their first child, daughter Elizabeth Kate.

Ashton Bayne announced the birth on her Instagram account.

Congratulations to Trevor and Ashton, and here’s to a long, healthy and prosperous life for little Elizabeth Kate.

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