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Daytona winner outspoken Christian
Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press
February 22, 2011
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Daytona winner outspoken Christian

Daytona winner outspoken Christian
Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press
February 22, 2011

DAYTONA, Fla. — Twenty-year-old Trevor Bayne — an outspoken

Christian who often uses social media like Twitter to talk about his faith —

became the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 Feb. 20 at the Daytona

International Speedway.

Bayne testified about the Lord in his post-race interviews.

“We said a prayer before,” Bayne said in one interview. “We pray a lot, and we

expect a lot of things, but this just shows how powerful God is.”

In another interview with ESPN, Bayne talked about using his winnings to help

support friends working on the mission field, and specifically mentioned his

desire to donate to an organization called Back2Back Ministries that does

mission work in Mexico.

“I can’t even describe it,” Bayne said about his victory. “This is our first

time ever coming here, so to win in our first time, I feel a little

undeserving.”

A native Tennessean, Bayne attends Fairview Baptist Church in Corryton, Tenn.,

outside Knoxville when he’s home visiting his family.

“Trevor’s a great young man,” said Wayne Davis, associate pastor at Fairview. “He

tries to live his faith. You noticed he was talking about how this was

something that God worked out for him, and he truly believes that.”

A Baptist Press Sports story in October by Lee Warren featured Bayne, and

addressed the ways he witnesses to those around him.

“We all push ourselves,” Bayne said in the story. “The biggest fear for a

Christian is to be lukewarm, and we’ve learned how to get out of our shell. One

example is, before every race I got to the point where the guys (on my race

team) wanted me to say a prayer with them.

Trevor Bayne

“The outreach needs to happen here so much because this community — from the

outside looking in — people think it’s a Christian southern sport, but on the

inside it’s really not,” he continued. “So there’s a lot of outreach to be done

here. And to have a brotherhood — we call ourselves modern day disciples — we

try to help each other and encourage each other and if it were just me, I

probably wouldn’t have the strength to go out and outreach to these guys (in

the garage), but when you’ve got four other drivers thinking the same thing you

are, and encouraging it, then it makes it a lot easier.”

Bayne also uses social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to talk about the

Lord. In October, he had about 4,000 followers on Twitter. Now, after his

historic victory in Daytona, he has almost 24,000.

After the race, Bayne wrote on Twitter, “Sayyy what! I’m blown away at how

amazing God’s plan is! 500 winner 🙂 can’t believe it!”

In recent days, he has also posted, “Until we realize that Christ is our only

satisfaction, we will continually be lusting for more of something that will

never satisfy!” and “Feelin like it was a pretty successful day even though we

didn’t get the result! So thankful for the platform God is using me on!”

“I get the chance every day to update my status and tell them whatever I want

to tell them — what I’m experiencing that day and how God’s helping me and I’ve

got a lot of response from that,” Bayne said in Baptist Press Sports about his

social media efforts. “That motivates me every day to know that He’s given me

those people with their eyes on me to be able to outreach to them.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Ellsworth is editor of BPSports, the sports service of Baptist

Press. Ellsworth also is director of news and media relations at Union

University in Jackson, Tenn.)

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