NASCAR’S Trevor Bayne fit, gearing up for Daytona 500 – SI

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — 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 thriving health. Bayne went public in November with the  revelation that he has multiple sclerosis, but said he still has no symptoms and  isn’t taking medication.

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