No matter the decision Trevor Bayne was setup to fail as the laps counted down at Talladega. His boyhood hero Jeff Gordon had radioed the youngster for help on the final restart on Sunday afternoon and after initially declining said he would help the driver of the #24 Chevrolet.
Bayne spent much of the day drafting with the #7 Dodger of Robby Gordon. This despite the early week demands of Jack Roush who wanted to see the Ford cars work together. Gordon and Bayne move to the front with ease until the #7 suffered cosmetic damage to it’s bumper which would end their partnership. Gordon worked with his teammate the #5 of Mark Martin. Martin would later be collected in a wreck.
At Daytona Gordon had been accepting of the rookie driver, Bayne had been fine with being the second car. Gordon and Bayne worked together during Speed-weeks and Bayne went on to win the Daytona 500 with additional help in the form of David Ragan and Bobby Labonte.
When the race restarted Bayne bumped up to the...