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Bayne has multiple sclerosis

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POSTED November 13, 2013 12:18 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Determined to learn exactly what caused his mystery illness in 2011, Trevor Bayne made repeated visits to the Mayo Clinic over the last two years, asking questions about his health and medical history.

The youngest winner in Daytona 500 history wasn’t sick and he wasn’t suffering from any of the symptoms — nausea, fatigue, double vision and numbness in his arm — that had sidelined Bayne for five races in 2011.

He just wanted an answer.

Bayne finally got it in June when doctors confirmed that the 22-year-old Bayne has multiple sclerosis, a diagnosis he revealed publicly Tuesday.

Bayne, who was 20 when he won the Daytona 500 two seasons ago, will compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales. He will also run a full Nationwide schedule next season for Roush Fenway Racing and a partial Cup schedule for The Wood Brothers.

Bayne’s younger sister, Sarah, also has MS, but he said the disease wasn’t something doctors were particularly looking for when he was hospitalized in 2011.

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