As disbelief turned to realization, Trevor Bayne could not contain himself.

“God is so good, man. He is so good to us,” Bayne exclaimed on his radio moments after his shocking Daytona 500 victory for the Wood Brothers.

It was a unique introduction for some fans to the Knoxville, Tenn., native who turned 20 the day before that race.

In a sport where religion plays a key part – from a pre-race chapel service for competitors to the televised pre-race prayer – Bayne is upfront about his beliefs. He relishes how his sudden prominence gives him a chance to make a greater impact.

“What I really appreciate about Trevor is, there’s a saying that you may be the only Bible someone ever reads and Trevor is that way,” said Fox TV analyst Darrell Waltrip, among those who helped start a pre-race worship service in NASCAR more than 20 years ago.

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