NEWTON, Iowa – Trevor Bayne spent the first weekend of his marriage stuck in a rain-soaked racetrack in the middle of Iowa.
The 22-year-old newlywed made the most of his unorthodox honeymoon, taking his bride to Victory Lane for the first time.
Bayne rallied to win the rain-plagued NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa on Sunday, his second career win in the series.
The victory capped a memorable week for Bayne, who got married on Tuesday in North Carolina. His wife, Ashton, wasn’t with him for his first career Nationwide victory in Texas in 2011, but she was right by his side at Iowa Speedway.
Such a special week for me. I was teared up at the altar on Tuesday and about teared up on Victory Lane on Sunday, Bayne said. Not many women would be willing to get married on Tuesday and come to Iowa as part of their honeymoon.
Austin Dillon, who conceded the lead to Bayne with 11 laps to go, was second. Elliott Sadler was third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Kyle Larson in the first Nationwide race of the year without a Sprint Cup driver.
The race had been scheduled for Saturday night before being washed out by rain. Bad weather forced a 70-minute delay two-thirds of the way through Sunday’s race.
Bayne’s hard-charging pursuit of Dillon paid off with 13 laps left as the race’s dominant cars briefly rubbed while fighting for the lead. Bayne took over two laps later and cruised to the fourth win in five starts for the No. 6 car in Iowa.