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Wood Brothers Racing

Is Trevor Bayne the next big thing in NASCAR?

It's too soon to tell

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

It's awfully tempting to jump on the Trevor Bayne bandwagon — restrictor plates in place, of course — and celebrate a new era in stock car racing. And that would be truly preposterous.

You want to root for the kid and his team, the iconic Wood Brothers. It's easy to see why many media members broke protocol and cheered as Bayne's Ford crossed the finish line Sunday.

But the morning-after reality is this: Bayne isn't even scheduled to run a full Sprint Cup season (although that could change). He has run only two Cup races in his life. And the...