All four JGR cars pulled the field in the closing laps with Matt Kenseth out front and leading Martin Truex Jr., a Toyota teammate.
The 20-year-old’s Daytona 500 debut was essentially over 19 laps into the race Sunday afternoon as he wrecked coming out of turn 4.
On a picture-perfect day at the Daytona International Speedway, Chase Elliott drove a picture-perfect race to win the Powershares QQQ 300, the season opener for NASCAR’s Xfinity Series.
Elliott led the final 13 laps and held off a charge from Joey Logano as they came to the finish line to notch his fifth Xfinity Series victory.
Chase Elliott’s chances at winning the Daytona 500 quickly vanished Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
Crew members perform a pit stop on the vehicle of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr (88) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.
Joey Logano had to settle for second place, putting Logano three-for-three in runner-up finishes during Speedweeks.
Chase Elliott won, Kasey Kahne finished third and Elliott Sadler fourth.
Crowd and fan favorite Dale’s race came to a spectacular end on Lap 170, when he spun out, like Chase, of the race after creeping into 5th spot and mounting a late challenge for the top position.
Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. We will just try to get back out there and make some laps. “He didn’t do anything to me the whole race”. He won a qualifying race with her and posted the fastest final practice speed.
“We were starting to move forward and get aggressive and I just lost it”.
“It means a lot man”, Elliott said.
043 of a second ahead of the No. 22.
On Monday morning, before flying to New York City for a number of in-studio interviews, Hamlin sat down with both NASCAR.com and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at Daytona.
“But I’m going to drive as hard as I can week in and week out”. It was quite different than recent years. He broke his right leg and left foot in a crash the day before the 500 and missed 11 races. He has finished in the top 5 the last three years.
It looked as if this one could have a wild ending, too, but Elliott and Logano kept their cars straight despite all the contact. “Fortunately, he had nowhere else to go but to push me”. I was trying to side draft a guy beside me and boy, it pinned the right front. “I got lucky with the way it worked out”.