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NASCAR's Trevor Bayne says he has multiple sclerosis

NASCAR's Trevor Bayne says he has multiple sclerosis
Bayne's younger sister, Sarah, also has multiple sclerosis, a disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. (Sean Gardner / Getty Images)

NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne revealed Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis, but he does not think it will have any effect on his racing career.

Bayne was launched into the national spotlight in 2011 when he became the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500. He was 20 at the time and driving a partial Sprint Cup schedule.

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Now 22, he says he will compete at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the season finales for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. He has one Nationwide win this season, at Iowa, and is ranked No. 6 in the points standings of that series.

Bayne also said he still expects to compete full-time for Roush-Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series, as well as a partial Sprint Cup schedule for The Wood Brothers as planned next season.

His younger sister, Sarah, also has multiple sclerosis, a disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system.

Bayne was hospitalized and missed five races in 2011 for an illness doctors called an "inflammatory condition."

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