Even though he had one of the fastest cars in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a pit road penalty made the second half of the event an uphill climb for Trevor Bayne.
Bayne, returning to the Xfinity Series after a four-year hiatus from NASCAR’s top-three series, was able to rebound to a fifth-place finish, his fifth top-five result in eight starts this season for Joe Gibbs Racing.
After racing his brains out throughout the final stage of the race, the adversity then continued after the event, where the 31-year-old fainted on pit road after getting out of the No. 18 Devotion Nutrition Toyota Supra.
Daniel McFadin, a contributor for SPEEDSPORT, captured video of the scene around Bayne after he collapsed on pit road, as well as a second interview with Parker Kligerman after returning to his feet.
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After getting further medical care at the infield care center, Bayne spoke to fellow FOX Sports employee Bob Pockrass, where he spoke about how he was feeling and what happened after the race.
“I feel okay. When I got out of the car, I felt like I needed to sit down,” Bayne told Bob Pockrass. “The last ten laps of that race, I knocked the crush panels out of the right side and probably didn’t drink enough the whole weekend out here. It’s so dry, you don’t realize when you’re not keeping up with hydration. So, I was coming out of the car, and Parker [Kligemran] came right over. I’m doing an interview – and I talk a lot, so next thing you know, I was out of breath and woke up on the ground.”
For the winner of the 2011 Daytona 500, the situation was somewhat odd, as he tells Bob Pockrass that he’s never passed out in his life. However, hot temperatures, mixed with no crush panels, and a hot racecar, are a recipe for dehydration.
“I’ve never passed out in my life, that was probably the weirdest experience I’ve ever had,” Bayne continued. “They offered to give me fluids, they checked my CO2 (carbon dioxide), they thought I probably just got dehydrated there for the most part or was winded and started trying to talk.
“When you get out of the car and you’re winded, you have to stand up, and all of a sudden you’re talking. That’s the best explanation I can give. They said they’ve seen it before, but I’d never seen it before. I’ve never done it before and once I got up, I felt wonderful, so I don’t know what I did there.”