Trevor Bayne after collapsing after race: ‘Next thing you know, I was out of breath and woke up on the floor’
Despite having 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 a tough climb for Trevor Bayne. .
Bayne, returning to the Xfinity Series after a four-year hiatus from NASCAR’s top three series, was able to bounce back to a fifth-place finish, his fifth top-five finish in eight starts this season for Joe Gibbs Racing.
After struggling throughout the final stage of the race, the adversity continued after the event, where the 31-year-old passed out on pit road after getting out of the Toyota Supra #18 Devotion Nutrition.
SPEEDSPORT contributor Daniel McFadin captured video of the scene around Bayne after collapsing on pit road, as well as a second interview with Parker Kligerman after he got back to his feet.
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After receiving further medical attention at the Field Care Center, Bayne spoke with fellow FOX Sports employee Bob Pockrass where he discussed how he was feeling and what happened after the race.
“I feel good. When I got out of the car, I felt like I had to sit down,” Bayne told Bob Pockrass. right side crush panels and I probably haven’t had enough to drink all weekend here. It’s so dry you don’t realize when you’re not tracking hydration. So I was getting out of the car, and Parker [Kligemran] came straight. I’m doing an interview – and I talk a lot, so the next thing you know, I was out of breath and woke up on the floor.
For the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, the situation was somewhat odd, as he tells Bob Pockrass he has never passed out in his life. However, hot temperatures, mixed with non-crushing panels and a hot race car, are a recipe for dehydration.
“I’ve never passed out in my life, it 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 had probably dehydrated there for the most part or was short of breath and started trying to speak.
“When you get out of the car and you’re out of breath, you have to get up, and all of a sudden you’re talking. That’s the best explanation I can give. They said they had seen it before, but I had never seen it before. I had never done it before and once I got up I felt amazing so I don’t know what I did there.