But that all changed on Saturday night, where Bayne rocketed from 12th on the final restart of the race to wind up third — his best finish of the season.
"That last restart was wild," said Bayne after the race. "We restarted 12th and with help from the No. 3 car were able to get up to the outside and really make up some ground. We got behind the No. 18 down the backstretch and I pushed him with all I had."
Bayne currently sits 17th in the point standings with just nine races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.
"It’s not a win that we need to get in the Chase, but it’s a great step in the right direction for making it in on points," added Bayne.
Bayne trails 16th-place driver Jamie McMurray in the standings by only 10 points as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for another Saturday night race on July 9.