Trevor Bayne speeds around tracks in his No. 21 Ford getting himself and his car ready for the upcoming season, and then does it some more in his running shoes whenever he gets the chance.
The 2011 Daytona 500 winner and part-time triathlete is fit, motivated and hungry to contend for another big win upon his return later this month to the scene of his greatest triumph and to challenge for a Nationwide Series championship.
''This is a really big year for us,'' Bayne said during a break from Thursday's solitary testing session.
He's scheduled to run 12 Sprint Cup races, including all four on the speedways, with The Wood Brothers plus a full-time Nationwide schedule for Roush Fenway Racing.
''Being here at Talladega by ourselves today, I think that shows that this team wants to do what it takes to be the best and to have a shot to win those 12 races that we show up at,'' he said.
The daily workouts, including those squeezed-in runs at racetracks, are also indicative of his thrivi...