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NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

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Trevor Bayne, one of the more popular winners of the Daytona 500, has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis according to a Roush Fenway Racing report. However, 22-year old has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to continue to compete.

The examination and diagnostic testing was performed at famed Mayo Clinic.

“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.

“As for now, I want to close out the season strong this weekend at Homestead and then shift my focus on getting ready to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Championship in 2014. I have a great team, a great family and great people all around me. I have been truly blessed in life and I look forward to what my future holds.”

NASCAR Ford Fusion Trevor Bayne
Trevor Bayne, Ford Fusion. (Photo: NASCAR)

Two years ago in February Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the Daytona 500 driving for the Wood Brothers. A short while afterwards he was temporarily sidelined with a mysterious ailment which, at the time, was attributed to an insect bite. And subsequently he said the illness might not have been related to that bite.

He is currently sixth in the Nationwide Series standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.

“We are 100 percent supportive of Trevor and his ability to compete in a race car,” said Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush. “I have full confidence in Trevor and his partners have all expressed that same confidence and support. As with all of our drivers, we look forward to standing behind Trevor and providing him with all of the tools he needs as he continues to develop in his young career.”

Overall, the Knoxville, Tenn. native has 53 top-10 finishes, 19 top-five’s, six poles and three wins in combined NASCAR races in the Sprint Cup and NNS.

This announcement comes on the day following his teammate, Travis Pastrana’s statement that the extreme sports star would retire from NASCAR because of lack of sponsorship.