Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne said Friday he admires Tim Tebow and wishes he displayed his faith as strongly as the quarterback does.

Bayne was the upset winner in a thrilling finish last year in the Daytona 500, and the 20-year-old Baptist has used his newfound fame as a platform for his religion. He said he talked to Tebow over the phone in the whirlwind media tour following his victory and that the Denver quarterback gave him useful advice.

The two met in person briefly at the ESPYs and have since exchanged occasional text messages.

”He gave me a lot of great advice because he’s been through things that I had not yet got to, and now I’ve experienced them and his advice really helped out,” Bayne said. ”Tebow is a great guy. He is everything that he says he is, and I think that’s what’s so awesome because we see so much in our world of people talking up a good game … but they are not what they say they are. I think he really is.”

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