Jun 24, 2011

There have been many heated rivalries throughout NASCAR history, Richard Petty vs. David Pearson, Cale Yarbrough vs. Donnie Allison, Dale Earnhardt vs. Geoff Bodine, but there is a new rivalry for the ages, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. vs. Trevor Bayne.

NASCAR Nationwide Series teammates Stenhouse and Bayne love to compete and they will pretty much take each other on in anything. On www.rickyvstrevor.com, you can follow their competitions on and off the race track.

Stenhouse and Bayne’s friendly competition begins on the racetrack in Nationwide Series competition. At the Roush Fenway shop, they have a Mark Martin bobble head doll that they put their pictures on to represent how they finish in the previous weekend’s race. The driver who finishes ahead of the other gets his picture on the doll’s head, the driver who finishes behind is well, put on the behind. 

“We have always been competitive, but it’s been friendly,” said Bayne. “We are very competitive on and off the track, but we are still really good friends.”

The competition off of the track gets heated as well. The two up and coming drivers have competed in everything from taking Kleenexes out of boxes to signing hero cards to bouncing ping pong balls into cups.

What does team owner Jack Roush think of this rivalry?

“Jack builds it up,” said Bayne. “He is always saying, ‘When are you going to win a race?’ ... Well you know you have to beat him to do it!’ He definitely wants us to beat each other and we do try really hard on the track.”

You can follow the competition and help them decide what their next challenge should be at www.rickyvs.trevor.com.

You can see the rivalry at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 8 in the Kansas Lottery 300 as Bayne and Stenhouse take on the rest of the Nationwide Series field. On Oct 9, Bayne is scheduled to make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Tickets for both races are currently on sale at www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE. Parking is free at Kansas Speedway and fans may bring one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.