Bayne preparing for more Cup races

Trevor Bayne will drive the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford beginning with the Daytona 500 in February.

Currently, Bayne is scheduled to run the first five NASCAR Sprint Cup races of the season. The balance of Bayne’s race plans have not been finalized.

Bayne, 19, made his Cup debut at Texas Motor Speedway last November. He finished 17th and completed every lap. Prior to signing with Jack Roush in September, Bayne competed in the Nationwide Series for Michael Waltrip Racing and Diamond Waltrip Racing for the first 25 races in 2010. Bayne posted three consecutive poles last summer in non-companion Nationwide races and finished in the top five in each of those events, including a career-best third-place at Gateway International Raceway.

With seven races remaining in the 2010 season, Bayne joined Roush Fenway Racing. This season, Bayne will compete for the Nationwide Series championship in the No. 16 Ford for RFR with crew chief/engineer Chris Andrews. NASCAR’s four-car cap precludes Bayne from running Cup races under the Roush banner.

However, his Cup program will be guided by former Roush crew chief Donnie Wingo.