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2018 Daytona 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]
Race 1 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
[1]
Date February 18, 2018
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 207 laps, 517.5 mi (828 km)
Scheduled Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (800 km)
Average speed 150.545 mph (242.279 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 46.002
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Ryan Blaney Team Penske
Duel 2 Winner Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Ryan Blaney Team Penske
Laps 118
Winner
No. 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike JoyJeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley(Backstretch) and Kyle Rickey (3 & 4)

The 2018 Daytona 500, the 60th running of the event, is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on February 18, 2018, contested over 207 laps—extended from 200 laps due to an overtime finish—on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) asphalt superspeedway. It was the first race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Daytona International Speedway is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Michigan International SpeedwayAuto Club SpeedwayIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayPocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.[14] The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long.[15] The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees.[15]

Notes

This was the first Daytona 500 race since 1982 where none of the cars were sponsored by beer companies.[16] Also this Daytona 500 saw an strange sight of only 40 cars (The maximum field and no extra cars) entering the race, thus making no teams in a “go or go home” position for the first time.


Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Danica Patrick Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron

(R)

Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr.

(R)

Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Marks

(i)

Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
66 Mark Thompson MBM Motorsports Ford
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
92 David Gilliland

(i)

RBR Enterprises Ford
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list


Practice[edit]Edit

First practice (February 10)[edit]Edit

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 45.058 seconds and a speed of 199.743 mph (321.455 km/h).[17]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.058 199.743
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.085 199.623
3 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.088 199.610
Official first practice results

Second practice (February 10)[edit]Edit

William Byron was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 44.625 seconds and a speed of 201.681 mph (324.574 km/h).[18]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 24 William Byron

(R)

Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 44.625 201.681
2 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 44.632 201.649
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 44.641 201.608
Official second practice results

Qualifying[edit]Edit

Alex Bowman scored the pole for the race with a time of 46.002 and a speed of 195.644 mph (314.858 km/h).[19]

Qualifying results[edit]Edit

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 (1) 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.181 46.002
2 (2) 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.201 46.132
3 (1) 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.420 46.217
4 (2) 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.366 46.224
5 (1) 24 William Byron

(R)

Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.328 46.261
6 (2) 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.513 46.279
7 (1) 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.412 46.280
8 (2) 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 46.420 46.281
9 (1) 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 46.313 46.381
10 (2) 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.534 46.413
11 (1) 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 46.422 46.437
12 (2) 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 46.470 46.584
13 (1) 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 46.539
14 (2) 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.546
15 (1) 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 46.577
16 (2) 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 46.658
17 (1) 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 46.678
18 (2) 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 46.694
19 (1) 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 46.698
20 (2) 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 46.781
21 (1) 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.816
22 (2) 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 46.817
23 (1) 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 46.836
24 (2) 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 46.899
25 (1) 43 Darrell Wallace Jr.

(R)

Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 46.938
26 (2) 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 47.002
27 (1) 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 47.074
28 (2) 7 Danica Patrick Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 47.081
29 (1) 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 47.095
30 (2) 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 47.144
31 (1) 62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 47.398
32 (1) 51 Justin Marks

(i)

Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 47.464
33 (2) 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 47.675
34 (2) 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 47.848
35 (1) 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing Chevrolet 47.866
36 (1) 92 David Gilliland

(i)

RBR Enterprises Ford 47.884
37 (2) 66 Mark Thompson MBM Motorsports Ford 48.267
38 (2) 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 48.372
39 (2) 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 0.000
40 (1) 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 0.000
Official qualifying results

Can-Am Duels[edit]Edit

See also: 2018 Can-Am Duels

The Can-Am Duels are a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races held in conjunction with the Daytona 500 annually in February at Daytona International Speedway. They consist of two races 60 laps and 150 miles (240 km) in length, which serve as heat races that set the lineup for the Daytona 500. Both races sets the lineup for positions 3–32. The first race sets the lineup for cars that qualified in odd–numbered positions on pole qualifying day. The second race sets the lineup for cars that qualified in even–numbered positions. Positions 33–36 are filled by the four drivers that posted the fastest lap in pole qualifying that didn't lock in a position in the Duel's. Positions 37–40 are set by the four cars highest in the 2017 owner's points that didn't lock in a position in the Duels and weren't among the cars that posted the four fastest timed laps in pole qualifying.

Duel 1[edit]Edit

Duel 1 results[edit]Edit

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps
1 8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 63
2 6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 63
3 13 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 63
4 5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 63
5 9 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 63
6 11 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 63
7 20 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 63
8 4 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 63
9 12 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 63
10 15 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 63
11 14 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 63
12 16 62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 63
13 18 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing Chevrolet 63
14 1 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 63
15 17 51 Justin Marks (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 63
16 10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 57
17 19 92 David Gilliland (i) RBR Enterprises Ford 47
18 3 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 38
19 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
20 7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
Official race results

Duel 2[edit]Edit

Duel 2 results[edit]Edit

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps
1 5 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 60
2 4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 60
3 3 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60
4 8 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 60
5 2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60
6 7 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 60
7 6 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 60
8 10 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 60
9 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60
10 15 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 60
11 12 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 60
12 13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 60
13 9 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 60
14 14 7 Danica Patrick Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 60
15 17 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 58
16 19 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 58
17 20 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 55
18 18 66 Mark Thompson MBM Motorsports Ford 32
19 16 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 11
20 11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 11
Official race results

Starting lineup[edit]Edit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Notes
1 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Fastest in pole qualifying
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Second in pole qualifying
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford Duel race #1 winner
4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Duel race #2 winner
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford Second in Duel 1
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Second in Duel 2
7 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Third in Duel 1
8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Third in Duel 2
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fourth in Duel 1
10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fourth in Duel 2
11 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fifth in Duel 1
12 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Fifth in Duel 2
13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Sixth in Duel 1
14 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Sixth in Duel 2
15 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford Seventh in Duel 1
16 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford Seventh in Duel 2
17 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Eighth in Duel 1
18 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford Eighth in Duel 2
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Ninth in Duel 1
20 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 10th in Duel 2
21 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 10th in Duel 1
22 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 11th in Duel 2
23 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 11th in Duel 1
24 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 12th in Duel 2
25 62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 12th in Duel 1
26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 13th in Duel 2
27 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing Chevrolet 13th in Duel 1
28 7 Danica Patrick Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 14th in Duel 2
29 51 Justin Marks (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 15th in Duel 1
30 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 15th in Duel 2
31 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 16th in Duel 1
32 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 16th in Duel 2
33 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 18th in Duel 1
34 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 17th in Duel 2
35 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19th in Duel 1
36 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 19th in Duel 2
37 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 20th in Duel 1
38 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 20th in Duel 2
39 92 David Gilliland (i) RBR Enterprises Ford Qualifying speed
40 66 Mark Thompson MBM Motorsports Ford Qualifying speed
Official starting lineup

Practice (post–Duels)[edit]Edit

Third practice (February 16)[edit]Edit

Daniel Suárez was the fastest in the third practice session with a time of 45.036 seconds and a speed of 199.840 mph (321.611 km/h).[20]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.036 199.840
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.058 199.743
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 45.069 199.694
Official third practice results

Fourth practice (February 16)[edit]Edit

Daniel Suárez was the fastest in the fourth practice session with a time of 44.296 seconds and a speed of 203.179 mph (326.985 km/h).[21]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 44.296 203.179
2 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 44.347 202.945
3 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 44.364 202.867
Official fourth practice results

Final practice (February 17)[edit]Edit

Darrell Wallace Jr. was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 45.696 seconds and a speed of 196.954 mph (316.967 km/h).[22]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 43 Darrell Wallace Jr.

(R)

Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 45.696 196.954
2 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.795 196.528
3 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 45.810 196.464
Official final practice results

Race summaryEdit

Winner: Austin Dillon won NASCAR's most prestigious race, driving the No. 3 to victory lane 20 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr. captured his lone Daytona 500 title in the same car. Dillon drives for grandfather Richard Childress, who was the team owner for Earnhardt during six of his record-tying seven Cup Series championships.

Dillon took the checkered flag in overtime when race leader Aric Almirola crashed after being pushed by Dillon while taking the white flag. The final lap was the only one Dillon led the entire race.

"I did what I had to do at the end; I hated for the 10 (Almirola's Stewart-Haas Racing) guys," Dillon said immediately after performing a series of burnouts. "It's so awesome to take the 3 car back to victory lane 20 years after Earnhardt did it. "This is for Dale Sr. and all those Earnhardt fans. We're going to keep kicking butt the rest of the year."

Childress was visibly overcome with emotions during a TV interview with Fox.

"Being able to win with the 3 car 20 years after Dale won in ’98, is so special," Childress said. "I can’t let the fans know enough how special this is."

Darrell Wallace Jr., driving for seven-time series champion and seven-time Daytona 500 winner Richard Petty, finished second.

"I got so many emotions right now," Wallace said. "All in all a great day. Just an incredible experience for me to be here. Thank you to The King (Petty) for giving me this opportunity. Hell of an ending for us tonight. P2 for my first Daytona 500, I'll take it."

Denny Hamlin finished third, followed by Joey Logano and Chris Buescher.


Big One at the end: Defending Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch tried to pass race leader Hamlin with two laps to go but contact from behind by Ryan Blaney turned Busch, leading to a huge multi-car crash. Alex Bowman, Brendan Gaughan, Matt DiBenedetto and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were also invovled. The race then headed to overtime with Hamlin and Aric Almirola on the front row.

Blaney captures Stage 2: Blaney, 24, in the No. 12 Ford for Team Penske, collects the 10 points for winning the second stage. The caution flag was out for eight laps.

Huge crash brings out fifth caution: A major wreck on turn 3 of lap 101 involved Chase Elliott, one of the favorites, Danica Patrick, racing for the final time in NASCAR, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, David Ragan and Kasey Kahne. The caution flag was out for laps 103 through 108. So far, 11 cars are out of the race. Keselowski was not happy. “The 24 got loose and spun out in front of us all and I got caught up in it," the pre-race favorite said. It just really sucks. We had a great car and were in a great position. I guess that’s the way it goes. I went to pass the 24 on the bottom and he came down. I can’t tell if I made contact or not, but obviously he turned and there was nothing I could do.  We were all wrecked.”  

Fourth caution flag: On lap 93, the caution flag came out for debris on the track, from William Byron's No. 24 car. The caution lasts from lap 94 to 97, four laps. Martin Truex Jr. took the lead after choosing not to make a pit stop.

Major wreck ends stage 1: 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch won Stage 1, his first stage win ever, which is worth 10 points toward seasonal standings. But he missed his box coming in to the pits and was penalized. The crash during lap 60 involved seven cars, including Byron, Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Truex and Kyle Larson. It was the third car Johnson wrecked this week. Johnson, Suarez, Jones and Dillon are out of the race. "It is disappointing for this Lowes team and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for all the work they put into it," Johnson said. "But we'll get this Camaro ZL1 dialed in for Atlanta and take it over there." Said Suarez: “It looked like the 17 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) just got freed up there by the 12 (Blaney), unfortunately. We tried to check up and everybody got stacked up, and caused a big wreck.  It’s unfortunate because the DEWALT Camry was definitely fast – we just didn’t get to the end to see what we could really do. We were in position I thought to have a good race. We were staying upfront and out of trouble, it just didn’t work out.”

Second caution flag: Kyle Busch spun out, apparently due to the same tire problem he had on lap 30. The first 10 cars did not stop to pit, waiting instead for the end of the first stage,

Busch flat: On lap 30, Kyle Busch's left rear tire went flat, and he dropped from 5th to 38th to get the tire changed.

First caution flag: Came on lap nine as Corey LaJoie apparently blew an engine in Turn 2. Hamlin's 11 car was penalized one lap for pitting outside the box during the caution. The flag was out for three laps.

Joey's new spotter: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s longtime spotter T.J. Majors is now the spotter for Joey Logano, which is why Earnhardt picked Logano to win the race.

Patrick's finale: Patrick looked to be fully focused on the task at hand as she was introduced for the final NASCAR race of her career and the first half of the "Danica Double." She is expected to get a ride in the Indianapolis 500 in May. Patrick was dressed in her familiar green Go-Daddy driving suit and tweeted “Ready to go!!!!!!” a few hours before the  race at Daytona International Speedway. Patrick posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday of her and her new boyfriend Aaron Rodgers with her family at the beach. She wrote ”Doing Daytona with all the people that mean the most to me.” An emotional Patrick hugged and kissed her family before strapping in for the final time to her Go-Daddy Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports.

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Honorary starter: Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron was selected as the honorary starter for the race, and waved the green flag. She said she was pulling for Patrick, 35, the only woman to start the Daytona 500 from the pole position and is the highest-finishing woman in the race's 60 years. "As a woman, that just seems pretty incredible,” Theron said Sunday. ”For me to be able to witness her last race, that feels very special. The girl in me is secretly obviously cheering for her."

Junior and Peyton: Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR for the last 15 years, is the grand marshal, and gave the order, "Drivers, start your engines." And future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning drove the pace car.

Hammerin' Hank to Bubba: Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., the first African American full-time NASCAR Cup driver since 1971, received a phone call from baseball legend Hank Aaron. "From one Mobile (Ala.) son to another, always believe in your dreams and anything is possible, Aaron told Wallace, who is driving the iconic No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports.

DAYTONA 500 RESULTSEdit

Sunday from the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway (starting position in parentheses):

1. (14) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 207 laps, 0 rating, 42 points.

2. (7) Darrell Wallace Jr, Chevrolet, 207, 0, 39.

3. (2) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 207, 0, 35.

4. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 207, 0, 41.

5. (21) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 207, 0, 32.

6. (16) Paul Menard, Ford, 207, 0, 42.

7. (3) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 207, 0, 48.

8. (13) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 207, 0, 29.

9. (22) Michael McDowell, Ford, 207, 0, 39.

10. (20) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 207, 0, 27.

11. (37) Aric Almirola, Ford, 206, 0, 33.

12. (29) Justin Marks, Chevrolet, 206, 0, 0.

13. (18) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 206, 0, 28.

14. (39) David Gilliland, Ford, 206, 0, 0.

15. (10) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 206, 0, 22.

16. (19) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 205, 0, 21.

17. (1) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 205, 0, 29.

18. (24) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 205, 0, 30.

19. (38) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 204, 0, 18.

20. (34) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 204, 0, 17.

21. (27) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 204, 0, 16.

22. (40) Mark Thompson, Ford, 203, 0, 15.

23. (33) William Byron, Chevrolet, 203, 0, 14.

24. (30) D.J. Kennington, Toyota, 201, 0, 13.

25. (12) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, 0, 12.

26. (11) Kurt Busch, Ford, accident, 198, 0, 21.

27. (36) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, accident, 198, 0, 10.

28. (25) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, accident, 198, 0, 9.

29. (9) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, accident, 197, 0, 15.

30. (15) David Ragan, Ford, accident, 107, 0, 7.

31. (6) Kevin Harvick, Ford, accident, 105, 0, 10.

32. (31) Brad Keselowski, Ford, accident, 102, 0, 5.

33. (4) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, accident, 101, 0, 7.

34. (26) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, accident, 101, 0, 3.

35. (28) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, accident, 101, 0, 2.

36. (8) Erik Jones, Toyota, accident, 59, 0, 1.

37. (17) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, accident, 59, 0, 1.

38. (35) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, accident, 59, 0, 1.

39. (23) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, accident, 59, 0, 1.

40. (32) Corey Lajoie, Chevrolet, engine, 8, 0, 1.

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Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 150.551 mph.

Time of Race: 3 hours, 26 minutes, 15 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 0.260 seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 37 laps.

Lead Changes: 24 among 14 drivers.

Lap Leaders: A.Bowman 0; D.Hamlin 1-10; J.Marks 11; Ku.Busch 12-14; A.Bowman 15-22; E.Jones 23-33; R.Stenhouse 34-44; C.Elliott 45-48; J.Logano 49-51; Ku.Busch 52-62; A.Bowman 63-67; R.Blaney 68-93; P.Menard 94; M.Truex 95-98; R.Blaney 99-122; A.Allmendinger 123; R.Blaney 124-170; D.Hamlin 171-173; R.Blaney 174-193; D.Hamlin 194; Ku.Busch 195-196; R.Blaney 197; D.Hamlin 198-205; A.Almirola 206; A.Dillon 207

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): R.Blaney, 5 times for 113 laps; D.Hamlin, 4 times for 18 laps; Ku.Busch, 3 times for 13 laps; A.Bowman, 3 times for 11 laps; E.Jones, 1 time for 10 laps; R.Stenhouse, 1 time for 10 laps; C.Elliott, 1 time for 3 laps; M.Truex, 1 time for 3 laps; J.Logano, 1 time for 2 laps; A.Allmendinger, 1 time for 0 laps; A.Almirola, 1 time for 0 laps; A.Dillon, 1 time for 0 laps; J.Marks, 1 time for 0 laps; P.Menard, 1 time for 0 laps.

Wins: A.Dillon, 1.

Top 16 in Points: 1. R.Blaney, 48; 2. A.Dillon, 42; 3. P.Menard, 42; 4. J.Logano, 41; 5. M.McDowell, 39; 6. D.Wallace, 39; 7. D.Hamlin, 35; 8. A.Almirola, 33; 9. C.Buescher, 32; 10. M.Truex, 30; 11. A.Bowman, 29; 12. R.Newman, 29; 13. T.Bayne, 28; 14. A.Allmendinger, 27; 15. C.Bowyer, 22; 16. Ku.Busch, 21.

Media[edit]Edit

Television[edit]Edit

See also: NASCAR on television and radio § Beyond the United States

Since 2001—with the exception of 20022004 and 2006—the Daytona 500 has been carried by Fox in the United States. The booth crew consisted of longtime NASCAR lap-by-lap announcer Mike Joy, three–time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon, and 1989 race winner Darrell Waltrip. Pit road was manned by Jamie LittleRegan SmithVince Welch and Matt Yocum.

Fox Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap:

Mike Joy Color-commentator:Jeff Gordon Color commentator:Darrell Waltrip

Jamie Little

Regan Smith Vince Welch Matt Yocum

Radio[edit]Edit

The race was broadcast on radio by the Motor Racing Network—who has covered the Daytona 500 since 1970—and simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. The booth crew consisted of longtime announcer Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and 1989 Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace. Longtime turn announcer – and prodigy of MRN co-founder Ken Squier – Dave Moody was the lead turn announcer. He called the Daytona 500 from atop the Sunoco tower outside the exit of turn 2 when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2. Mike Bagley worked the backstretch for the Daytona 500 from a spotter's stand on the inside of the track. Kyle Rickey called the Daytona 500 when the field was racing through turns 3 and 4 from the Sunoco tower outside the exit of turn 4. On pit road, MRN was manned by lead pit reporter and NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley. He was joined on pit road by Steve Post, Kim Coon and Alex Hayden.

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore

Announcer: Jeff Striegle Announcer:Rusty Wallace

Turns 1 & 2:

Dave Moody Backstretch:Mike Bagley Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey

Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Kim Coon
Steve Post

Standings after the race[edit]Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
[2] 1 Ryan Blaney 48
[3] 2 Austin Dillon 42 (–6)
[4] 3 Paul Menard 42 (–6)
[5] 4 Joey Logano 41 (–7)
[6] 5 Darrell Wallace Jr. 39 (–9)
[7] 6 Michael McDowell 39 (–9)
[8] 7 Denny Hamlin 35 (–13)
[9] 8 Aric Almirola 33 (–15)
[10] 9 Chris Buescher 32 (–16)
[11] 10 Martin Truex Jr. 30 (–18)
[12] 11 Ryan Newman 29 (–19)
[13] 12 Alex Bowman 29 (–19)
[14] 13 Trevor Bayne 28 (–20)
[15] 14 A. J. Allmendinger 27 (–21)
[16] 15 Clint Bowyer 22 (–26)
[17] 16 Jamie McMurray 21 (–27)
Official driver's standings
Manufacturers' Championship standings
Pos Manufacturer Points
[18] 1 Chevrolet 40
[19] 2 Toyota 34 (–6)
[20] 3 Ford 33 (–7)
Official manufacturers' standings
  • Note: Only the first 16 positions are included for the driver standings.

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