For­mer Day­tona 500 win­ner Bayne, 22, di­ag­nosed with MS

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CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. | NAS­CAR driver Trevor Bayne said Tues­day that he has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and he does not ex­pect it to im­pact his rac­ing ca­reer.

Bayne, who in 2011 be­came the youngest win­ner in Day­tona 500 his­tory, will still com­pete as sched­uled at Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way this weekend in the Na­tion­wide and Sprint Cup Se­ries fi­nales. Bayne’s younger sis­ter, Sarah, also has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

“There are cur­rently no symp­toms and I’m com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to take the best care of my body as pos­si­ble,” Bayne said in a state­ment. “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.”

The 22-year-old Bayne was side­lined for five races in 2011 for an ill­ness that led to hos­pi­tal­iza­tion at the Mayo Clinic.

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