Daytona winner Trevor Bayne charms hometown fans

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Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne signs autographs before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in Avondale, Ariz. Bayne finished 40th in Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Trevor Bayne is finally getting a chance to take in all the excitement of winning the Daytona 500 just over a week ago.

The 20-year-old Knoxville native returned home on Monday for the first time since winning the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20 for a rally sponsored by the city and Bristol Motor Speedway.

Bayne doesn't think the victory will completely sink in until he gets a chance to watch a recording of the race.

He's been wearing his championship ring on his finger every night so that when he wakes up the next morning he'll know his victory wasn't a dream.

A few hundred fans turned out for the Knoxville rally, which was relocated last week from the city's Market Square to the much larger Civic Coliseum after a big response from fans.

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