Sunday, February 26, 2017

Daytona 500

By Chanda Healton

It's the biggest NASCAR event of the year! The Daytona 500! No one knows what to expect, except if what we saw in the Camping World Truck race and the Xfinity series race holds true, there will be a lot of wrecks!

Lap 14 Joey Logano has an unscheduled pit stop, possibly for a loose wheel. Jamie McMurray keeps his lead. Lap 18 all Toyotas pit. Daniel Suarez has to come back down pit road for an extra stop.

Lap 30 Corey LaJoie misjudged his speed going onto pit road and hits the inside wall hard. It is reported from Clint Boywer's radio on the Fox broadcast that it's possible he lost his breaks.

Joey Logano does not lose a lap!

Kevin Harvick had led most of the first segment thus far however on lap 42 Kyle Busch takes the lead.

Lap 51 David Regan hits the wall with the 38 car. No caution.

Lap 57 Martin Truex Jr brings his car to pit road and lost a lap.

End of segment one the following drivers finished in the top 10 and recieved points

1(10 points) Kyle Busch
2 (9 points) Kevin Harvick
3 (8 points) Ryan Blaney
4 (7 points) Brad Keselowski
5 (6 points) Dale Earnhardt Jr
6 (5 points) Kyle Larson
7 (4 points) Jamie McMurray
8 (3 points) Denny Hamlin
9 (2 points) Jimmie Johnson
10 (1 point) Danica Patrick

Segment 2:

Kyle Larson takes tires and gets the lead . Kyle  Busch restarts 3rd. Harvick quickly takes over the lead however. Denny Hamlin drops back to 31st.

With 11 laps left in the segment lap 105, Kyle Busch gets sideways into the wall taking Dale Earnhardt Jr with him. Busch is out also involved were Matt Kenseth, Ty Dillion, Erik Jones. Kyle Busch lost a rear tire and spun on his own.

Elliott Sadler is leading. The race is red flagged.

End of Segment 2:
1 (10 points) Kevin Harvick
2 (9 points) Joey Logano
3 (8 points) Kurt Busch
4 (7 points) Brad Keselowski
5 (6 points) Danica Patrick
6 (5 points) A. J. Allmendinger
7 (4 points) Clint Boywer
8 (3 points) Kyle Larson
9 (2 points) Ryan Newman
10 (1 points) Ryan Blaney

Segment 3:

Kyle Larson leads them to green but Chase Elliott soon takes the lead from him. They are 3 wide behind Elliott.

Lap 128
Its the Big one coming out of turn 3! Jimmie Johnson, Clint Boywer, Denny Hamlin, Chris Buscher, Danica Patrick,Jamie McMurray Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Joey Gase, Matt Dibenedetto, Landon Cassill, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Brendan Gaughan, Martin Truex Jr. and D.J. Kennington were all involved in some way.

Lap 136 The second big one! 6th caution of the day. Drivers involved include Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It started when Ryan Blaney tried to go to pit road.

Lap 141 and the wrecks just keep coming! Involved this time is Ryan Newman, Jamie, McMurray, Daniel Suarez, and Brad Keselowski. Chase Elliott received minor damage when McMurray got into his rear.
At this point in time my thoughts wander to a time when I said the only way Austin Dillion will ever win a race is if he was the only car left! It's beginning to look like a strong possibility.

Lap 149 Joey Gase spins and  Brendan Gaughan spins to avoid him!

At the restart, Cole Whitt leads, but for how long? However, it stays green until the end. Chase Elliott led until 3 to go when he ran out of dreams and gas. The 42 of Kyle Larson soon runs out too. Kurt Busch wins the Daytona 500! His 29th career win.

Finishing order:
1  Kurt Busch
2 Ryan Blaney
3 AJ Allmendinger
4 Aric Almirola
5 Paul Menard
6 Joey Logano
7 Kasey Kahne
8 Michael Waltrip
9 Matt Dibenedetto
10 Trevor Bayne
11 Brendan Gaughan
12 Kyle Larson
13 Martin Truex Jr
14 Chase Elliott
15 Michael McDowell
16 Landon Cassill
17 Denny Hamlin
18 Cole Whitt
19 Austin Dillion
20 Elliott Sadler
21 Ryan Newman
22 Kevin Harvick
23 Joey Gase
24 Corey LaJoie
25 David Ragan
26 Jeffery Earnhardt
27 Brad Keselowski
28 Jamie McMurray
29 Daniel Suarez
30 Ty Dillion
31 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
32 Clint Boywer
33 Danica Patrick
34 Jimmie Johnson
35 Chris Buscher
36 Dr Kenington
37 Dale Earnhardt Jr
38 Kyle Busch
39 Erik Jones
40 Matt Kenseth

This being Michael Waltrip 's final race, 8th is nearly a victory in and of itself! It was an exciting race. Congratulations to Kurt Busch! We would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave us your comments.

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