Bayne targets another Ford milestone

first_img__________________________________________________________________________________________ READ: Post-Pocono driver reports Next win will be 1,000 for manufacturer at NASCAR national series level Bayne has three career victories across both the Cup and Nationwide series. Ford has a combined 999 wins in Cup, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.There are no guarantees, but Ford officials already have a banner celebrating win No. 1,000 waiting to be unveiled, just in case.“They told me when we were getting off the plane this weekend we were going for the 1,000th win and for some reason we love getting those milestone victories,” Bayne said Friday at Michigan International Speedway. “I feel kind of bad because those guys worked hard to get 599 (in Cup) and I came in and got the 600th, and then I did get to contribute to another one of the 199 (in Nationwide) before last weekend, but it’s so cool to be a part of Ford.”Bayne qualified 25th Friday for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Qualifying for Saturday’s Alliance Truck Parts 250 is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. ET.Riding a streak of three straight top-10 Nationwide Series finishes, Bayne has climbed from 12th to ninth in points in the past three races.His team, which won back-to-back titles with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is beginning to come around, he said.“We just needed to stick to the basics, not try too hard and just realize that other teams have gotten better this season,” Bayne said. “What Ricky had might not work for me and don’t be so scared to change the cars. I was like, ‘Man, this car won here last year, I’ve got to leave it alone.’ I was kind of scared to change things. I’d give feedback, but I wanted to stay with the basics.”The Iowa win “really helped” open him up to making changes, he said. After Stenhouse won three consecutive races there, the team struggled when Goodyear changed the tire combination.“So I knew we’d have to work on the package,” Bayne said. “We went there with the mindset, ‘let’s rip this thing apart, change everything on it and get it dialed in.’ We got it fixed for me, (got) what I needed and it paid off.”JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith leads the points standings, with Sam Hornish Jr. (Penske Racing) second and trailing by 23 points.Justin Allgaier (Turner Scott Motorsports), Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) and Elliott Sadler (Joe Gibbs Racing) round out the top five in the standings.Bayne trails Smith by 80 points. He says he’s confident his team, led by crew chief Mike Kelly, can make up the deficit. The group, he said, has remained focused.“After coming off of two championships it would be easy to get down if you had a couple bad races,” Bayne said, “but they stayed motivated and didn’t let that snowball. A lot of that is because of Mike Kelley’s leadership and the guys on the team want to win races.READ MORE: READ: All news from Michigan READ: Michigan Paint Scheme Preview FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos Related: Nationwide Series qualifying order | Full coverage from Michigan | Weekend scheduleBROOKLYN, Mich. — When it comes to big moments, Trevor Bayne seems to find himself in the right place at the right time.In 2011, he became the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest event, capturing the Daytona 500 a day after celebrating his 20th birthday.It was the 600th victory in the series for Ford Motor Co. and ended a lengthy drought for the legendary Wood Brothers Racing organization.A week ago in Iowa, Bayne was making milestone news again. His NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was No. 200 in the series for the automaker. READ: Power Rankings Week 14last_img read more

Vattenfall gathers blade squad

first_imgVattenfall has signed a Framework Agreement with two UK and one Danish company to provide up-tower blade maintenance and repair at the company’s wind farms for a minimum period of two years. The Swedish energy company selected GEV Wind Power, James Fisher Marine Services, and Danish Blade Service to provide the blade maintenance and repair services. The agreement will cover over 900 turbines at 50 wind farms across the UK, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The sites are located both onshore and offshore. “The UK’s offshore wind industry is world-leading, and will make a crucial contribution to achieving the ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. I’m delighted that these companies will share their services and experience in pursuit of this goal,” Danielle Lane, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, said. “The launch of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in the UK last year has boosted investor confidence, because it defines a number of targets, which are to be achieved by the UK Government and the offshore wind sector. These targets cover offshore wind deployment, creation and security of tens of thousands of jobs, employing a more diverse and skilled workforce, and significant opportunities for UK businesses. Our collaboration with GEV Wind Power and James Fisher Marine Services, both based in the East of England, demonstrates our commitment to enable the untapped potential of UK companies in the renewables sector to be realised, and boosting local employment and economic regeneration.”last_img read more