Lacking sponsorship to run a full-season program, Wood Brothers Racing had planned to field its No. 21 Ford for rookie Trevor Bayne in only 17 Sprint Cup races this season. Consequently, Bayne – who is set to run the full Nationwide Series for Roush Fenway Racing – declared for that series to score points in this year, in accordance with NASCAR's new rules requiring drivers to pick one series for points. However, following Bayne's upset win in Sunday's Daytona 500, the Wood Brothers appeared to be hedging on their part-time plan.
"This limited schedule enables us to continue racing, but you need to be at all of them and that's our goal," team co-owner Eddie Wood told USA Today, adding he had received a number of inquiries from potential sponsors since the Daytona win. The Wood Brothers have not run full time in Cup since 2008.
Although he would not get the points back for Daytona – which still wouldn't count even if Bayne did switch his points focus to Cup – the victory would count and could prove a huge asset. Under NASCAR's new rules, the Chase for the Sprint Cup will feature the two drivers ranked 11th-20th in points with the most wins, in addition to the top-10 in points.
Bayne said his intention remains to fulfill his commitment to Roush – even though his Nationwide car is also currently not sponsored – but he is open to whatever his team managers decide.
“Jack would be mad at me if I do [switch],” Bayne said. “I don't know. I'd love to run for a championship in either series. Whatever they say, I'm good with it.
“I think we'll have a really good shot in Nationwide...and obviously we'd have a good shot here [to get in the Chase]. So, whatever they say, I'm fine with it either way. If we can't run for it this year, then hopefully next year we can go for it.”