“Tonight was interesting,” said Bayne after the race. “Our car was handling pretty well but we ran into some issues that reduced the horsepower to the engine. Everyone dug deep and worked hard tonight and I’m happy we were able to make a decent day out of this with our AdvoCare Ford.”
Bayne began the rain-marred event from the 31st position but was able to work his way up to 29th prior to the first rain-related red flag of the day that came out on Lap 22. After a delay of roughly four hours, the race resumed on Lap 34 with the driver of the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford needing just one lap to move into the top 25. Bayne would maintain his track position until a Lap 60 competition caution gave crew chief Bob Osborne an opportunity to bring the AdvoCare Ford down pit road for four tires and adjustments.
Then, on the ensuing restart, the Knoxville, Tenn. native radioed in that it felt as though the car may be down a cylinder, hindering its horsepower going down the straightaways. Crew chief Osborne utilized a Lap 167 caution to bring Bayne down pit road to change the ECU inside the car. The ECU change ultimately cost the Roush Fenway Racing driver three laps to the race leaders.
Upon returning to the track, the race became one of survival for the driver of the AdvoCare Ford, as the caution flag dominated the second-half of the race.
In the closing stages, Bayne was able to narrowly avoid several multi-car incidents and improve five positions in the final 20 laps to record a 28th-place finish.
With the result, Bayne ranks 17th in the championship standings and trails 16th-place Ryan Newman by 47 points as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond International Raceway on April 25.