How does a 20-year old driver, in only his second Sprint Cup start, get in a car for a have-not team and even have the chance to beat the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards?
Perhaps the most amazing thing I've ever seen in sports was from the pits of Morgan Shepherd. At 63, I saw Shepherd tinker with his car himself, race on used tires (and that was to start the race) and work with a makeshift pit crew that had met the day before. Morgan Shepherd was a talented guy, but he had no chance of winning this Sprint Cup race.
Sure, it was a car and not a foot race, but there's a lot that can go wrong with these machines and if you don't have the manpower, the engineering, the teamwork, there's just no shot of getting in victory lane.
So how did Trevor Bayne do it while racing for NASCAR's oldest team, the Wood Brothers, who hadn't won a race since 2001?
The answer is outsourcing.
The Wood Brothers had been doing their own engineering, along with the help of their long time sponsor, Ford . But they decided that doing it all on their own wasn't going to make the cut.
"No matter how much money you spent, no matter how much work you did, you just couldn't quite get over the hump to get to the point that you were competitive every week," co-owner Eddie Wood told the press after the Daytona 500 win.