“The improvements we’ve made as an organization at Roush Fenway Racing are coming to a head,” Bayne told NASCAR America’s Kelli Stavast. “I think Ricky and I run within one or two spots of each other all race long, every weekend. Our consistency’s there.”
Bayne finished 11th at Bristol, one spot shy of earning his second top 10 of the season. His only one so far came in the Daytona 500. He’s finished in the top 15 five times.
Last season, Bayne earned five top 10s, with the first coming in the spring Bristol race.
Bayne believes his improved competition level may catch some drivers, like Clint Bowyer, off guard.
“When they catch the No. 6 car, they think, ‘Oh man, I’m going to be able to get by him easy because he’s probably not as fast as us, he’s a 25th-place car,'” Bayne said. “But now we’re able to run top 10, so guys like Clint expect to be able to pass you in a lap. But you’re at Bristol and it’s difficult to pass and you have to hold your spot because there’s a line of guys behind them.”
Bayne says drivers will soon realize the Roush cars “are there to stay.”
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