2014 Daytona 500

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2014 Daytona 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]
Race 1 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
2014 Daytona 500 logo.jpg
Date February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Cloudy, scattered showers/thunderstorms
Average speed 145.29 mph (233.82 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing
Time 46.426 seconds
Qualifying race winners
Duel 1 Winner Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Duel 2 Winner Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 54
Winner
No. 88
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox & MRN
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds (Television)
Joe Moore and Barney Hall (Booth)
Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Jeff Striegle (3 & 4) (Radio)
Nielsen Ratings 5.6/10 (Finals)
5.3/10 (Overnights)
9.3 Million Viewers[17]

The 2014 Daytona 500, the 56th running of the event, was held on February 23, 2014, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 200 laps on the 2.5 miles (4.0 km) asphalt tri-oval, it was the first race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. of Hendrick Motorsports won the race, his second Daytona 500 victory, breaking a 55 race winless streak. Denny Hamlin finished second, while Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five. There were seven cautions and 42 lead changes among 19 leaders. The top rookies of the race were Austin Dillon (9th), Alex Bowman (23rd), and Brian Scott (25th).

Event background[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, where the race was held. The front stretch is at the bottom of the figure.

Daytona International Speedway is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.[18] The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long.[19][dead link] The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees.[19] Jimmie Johnson was the defending race winner.

This was the 56th running of the Daytona 500. It is the biggest and most prestigious race in all of NASCAR. This race also saw the Sprint Cup Series debut of five drivers of the eight in the 2014 rookie class. It also marked the 32nd and final Daytona 500 start for Terry Labonte. His 32 starts in the Daytona 500 are second all-time only to Dave Marcis and his 33 starts.

Entry list[edit]

The entry list for the 2014 Daytona 500 was released on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-nine drivers were entered to qualify for the race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Starts Best Finish
1 Jamie McMurray (W) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 11 1st
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4 4th
3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1 31st
4 Kevin Harvick (W) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 12 1st
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10 7th
7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 0
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 5 13th
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2 8th
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8 4th
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 9 2nd
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 15 2nd
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 8 4th
16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 11 3rd
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 2 12th
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9 4th
20 Matt Kenseth (W) Joe Gibbs Racing Ford 14 1st
21 Trevor Bayne (W) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 3 1st
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 5 9th
23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 0
24 Jeff Gordon (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21 1st
26 Cole Whitt (R) Swan Racing Toyota 0
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 6 6th
30 Parker Kligerman (R) Swan Racing Toyota 0
31 Ryan Newman (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 12 1st
32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 31 2nd
33 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 7 5th
35 Eric McClure Front Row Motorsports Ford 0
36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 4 5th
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 5 3rd
40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 1 22nd
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 13 2nd
42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 3 13th
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 4 3rd
48 Jimmie Johnson (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 12 1st
51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 0
52 Bobby Labonte HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 21 2nd
55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 7 7th
66 Michael Waltrip (W) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 26 1st
77 Dave Blaney Randy Humphrey Racing Ford 12 14th
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 9 6th
83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 0
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 18 6th
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14 1st
93 Morgan Shepherd BK Racing Toyota 15 2nd
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 3 9th
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 1 40th
99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 9 2nd
Official Entry List
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(W) Past winner

Practice[edit]

First practice February 15[edit]

Paul Menard was the fastest in the first practice session on February 15 with a time of 46.144 and a speed of 195.042 mph (313.890 km/h).

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.144 195.042
2 31 Ryan Newman (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.192 194.839
3 20 Matt Kenseth (W) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.258 194.561
Official first practice results

Second practice February 15[edit]

Ryan Newman was the fastest in the second practice session later that day with a time of 46.072 and a speed of 195.346 mph (314.379 km/h).

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 31 Ryan Newman (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.072 195.346
2 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.104 195.211
3 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 46.217 194.734
Official second practice results

Qualifying[edit]

Rookie Austin Dillon won the pole position with a lap time of 45.914 and a speed of 196.019 mph (315.462 km/h), while Martin Truex, Jr. was second.[20] "This is awesome," Dillon said. "It is all for our guys, and this guy right here Danny Lawrence, (head engine builder at RCR), it is his birthday. So we got him a one-two start at Daytona! That is pretty awesome."[21] "It's a tremendous amount of motivation for us and momentum for us," said Gil Martin, Dillon's crew chief. "I mean, because every day you drive onto our complex, you see Richard's '3' and you see the heritage of that 3 there, so to be able to be a part of this, it's a dream come true for me, and I know it is for everybody in our whole team and our whole organization because I've watched Austin come from being a little guy to where he's at today, and it's been an amazing journey to watch. And to be a part of it now, I'm looking forward to it. I think it's going to be a great run."[21]

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 45.914 196.019
2 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 45.953 195.852
3 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 45.961 195.818
4 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 45.986 195.712
5 31 Ryan Newman (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 45.987 195.707
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 46.084 195.296
7 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.104 195.211
8 24 Jeff Gordon (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.144 195.042
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 46.153 195.004
10 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.173 194.919
11 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 46.179 194.894
12 33 Brian Scott (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.207 194.776
13 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 46.235 194.658
14 48 Jimmie Johnson (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.240 194.637
15 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 46.253 194.582
16 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 46.253 194.582
17 20 Matt Kenseth (W) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.255 194.574
18 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 46.255 194.574
19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.262 194.544
20 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 46.267 194.523
21 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.272 194.502
22 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.278 194.477
23 4 Kevin Harvick (W) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 46.291 194.422
24 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 46.294 194.410
25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 46.301 194.380
26 21 Trevor Bayne (W) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 46.312 194.334
27 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 46.366 194.108
28 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 46.373 194.078
29 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 46.376 194.066
30 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 46.436 193.815
31 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 46.455 193.736
32 40 Landon Cassill Hillman Racing Chevrolet 46.456 193.732
33 30 Parker Kligerman (R) Swan Racing Toyota 46.489 193.594
34 66 Michael Waltrip (W) Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 46.529 193.428
35 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 46.544 193.365
36 35 Eric McClure (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 46.655 192.905
37 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 46.681 192.798
38 1 Jamie McMurray (W) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 46.706 192.695
39 26 Cole Whitt (R) Swan Racing Toyota 46.744 192.538
40 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 46.795 192.328
41 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 46.804 192.291
42 32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 46.842 192.135
43 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 46.860 192.061
44 52 Bobby Labonte HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 46.999 191.493
45 87 Joe Nemechek Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 47.249 190.480
46 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 47.282 190.347
47 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 47.447 189.685
48 93 Morgan Shepherd BK Racing Toyota 47.483 189.542
49 77 Dave Blaney Randy Humphrey Racing Ford No time No speed
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)[edit]

Third practice February 19[edit]

A. J. Allmendinger was the fastest in the third practice session on February 19 with a time of 45.096 and a speed of 199.574 mph (321.183 km/h). During the session, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth made contact, which sent rookie Parker Kligerman into the catchfence and caused his car to land on its roof. As a result, Logano, Kligerman, Menard and Ryan Truex had to switch to backup cars for the Budweiser Duels.[22] Dave Blaney withdrew from the race after his team was unable to secure another car.[23]

Kligerman stated that it was the first flip of his career, and that he "assumed it would be rougher. It was pretty soft. I was up in the fence floating along. Then it just slid over softly".[23] Logano stated that Kenseth had "started making a move to go down" and that he "was making the run, and I was going to fill that hole. He started to come back up and I was there".[23]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 45.096 199.574
2 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 45.152 199.327
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 45.350 198.456
Official third practice results

Budweiser Duels[edit]

Race One[edit]

Austin Dillon led the field to the green flag at 7:16 p.m., and after leading the first 14 laps, Dillon lost the lead to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on lap 15. Matt Kenseth took the lead on lap 29, and held the lead until lap 36, when he pitted and the lead was passed to Earnhardt, Jr. once again. Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne each held the lead for a lap before Kenseth cycled back to the lead with 21 laps to go. On the last lap, Kevin Harvick pulled up alongside Matt Kenseth, while Kahne got to the inside, creating a three-wide photo finish in which Kenseth prevailed. Michael McDowell and Joe Nemechek failed to make the Daytona 500.[24] Kenseth stated that he "was kind of embarrassed to walk in the garage" but felt that his race performance "builds confidence in all of us, makes us feel like you can go out and get the job done if everybody does their jobs and we do everything right".[24] Harvick's car failed post-race inspection because his car exceeded the maximum split on the track bar. He was disqualified, but his speed in qualifying was enough to get him into the Daytona 500.[25] Greg Zipadelli, the competitions director at Harvick's team – Stewart-Haas Racing – referred to the infraction as "an adjustment during the race and it was more than it should have been".[25]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status Led
1 9 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60 Running 31
2 10 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 60 Running 1
3 6 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 60 Running
4 4 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 60 Running 14
5 22 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 60 Running
6 7 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 60 Running
7 14 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 60 Running
8 16 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 60 Running
9 3 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 60 Running
10 18 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 60 Running
11 20 26 Cole Whitt (R) Swan Racing Toyota 60 Running
12 2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 60 Running
13 13 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 60 Running
14 24 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 60 Running
15 19 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 60 Running
16 8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 60 Running
17 17 30 Parker Kligerman (R) Swan Racing Toyota 60 Running
18 1 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 60 Running 14
19 5 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 60 Running
20 11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60 Running
21 21 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 59 Running
22 23 87 Joe Nemechek Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 59 Running
23 15 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 20 Wheel Bearing
24 12 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 60 Excluded
Budweiser Duel race one results

Race Two[edit]

Martin Truex, Jr. led the field to the green flag at 8:40 p.m., and Brad Keselowski took the lead on lap 3. Keselowski held the race lead for the next portion of the race, holding it until his pit stop on lap 35, which handed the lead to Casey Mears. On his pit stop, Keselowski was deemed to have been speeding while exiting, and had to serve a pass-through penalty. Denny Hamlin took the lead with 22 laps to go, and maintained the race lead until the end of the race, winning under caution.[24]

Coming through turn four on the final lap, Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas, got loose after being tapped in the left corner panel, overcorrected and hit the wall collecting Jamie McMurray in the process. Truex, Jr. had no way to avoid the wreck and rear-ended McMurray. While slowing to avoid the wreck, Clint Bowyer got rear-ended by Ryan Truex, slid to the runoff area taking David Ragan with him. Bowyer flipped over in the air and landed on all four wheels with the only damage being a destroyed drive-train. Ragan and Michael Waltrip were also caught in the wreck and both hit the inside wall head-on. Carl Edwards was caught by McMurray, but sustained minimal damage. McMurray made contact with Johnson again as they continued on into the grass, destroying the front ends of their cars.[24] Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte, who were both 30 seconds behind the leader on the final lap, raced their way into the Daytona 500, at the expense of Eric McClure, Morgan Shepherd and Ryan Truex.[24] Hamlin's team owner, Joe Gibbs, stated Hamlin had "worked extremely hard" for the result, and he thought his team was "all hungry when the year started".[24]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Led
1 11 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60 Running 23
2 4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 60 Running 0
3 14 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 60 Running 0
4 5 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 60 Running 0
5 6 33 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 60 Running 0
6 13 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 60 Running 0
7 12 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 60 Running 0
8 1 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 60 Running 1
9 16 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 60 Running 0
10 10 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 60 Running 0
11 19 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 60 Running 0
12 21 32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 60 Running 0
13 22 52 Bobby Labonte HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 60 Running 0
14 8 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 60 Running 1
15 2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 60 Running 0
16 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 59 Accident 0
17 20 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 59 Accident 0
18 17 66 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 59 Accident 0
19 23 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 59 Running 0
20 15 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 59 Running 0
21 9 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 59 Running 0
22 24 93 Morgan Shepherd BK Racing Toyota 59 Running 0
23 18 35 Eric McClure Front Row Motorsports Ford 57 Running 0
24 3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 57 Running 34
Budweiser Duel race two results

Starting lineup[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Notes
1 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Locked in on front row start
2 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet Locked in on front row start
3 20 Matt Kenseth (W) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Winner of Budweiser Duel 1
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Winner of Budweiser Duel 2
5 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2nd in Budweiser Duel 1
6 24 Jeff Gordon (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2nd in Budweiser Duel 2
7 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 3rd in Budweiser Duel 1
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 3rd in Budweiser Duel 2
9 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4th in Budweiser Duel 1
10 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4th in Budweiser Duel 2
11 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 5th in Budweiser Duel 1
12 33 Brian Scott (R) Circle Sport Chevrolet 5th in Budweiser Duel 2
13 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 6th in Budweiser Duel 1
14 21 Trevor Bayne (W) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 6th in Budweiser Duel 2
15 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 7th in Budweiser Duel 1
16 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 7th in Budweiser Duel 2
17 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 8th in Budweiser Duel 1
18 40 Landon Cassill Hillman Racing Chevrolet 9th in Budweiser Duel 2
19 31 Ryan Newman (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 9th in Budweiser Duel 1
20 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 10th in Budweiser Duel 2
21 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 10th in Budweiser Duel 1
22 1 Jamie McMurray (W) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 11th in Budweiser Duel 2
23 26 Cole Whitt (R) Swan Racing Toyota 11th in Budweiser Duel 1
24 32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 12th in Budweiser Duel 2
25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 12th in Budweiser Duel 1
26 52 Bobby Labonte HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 13th in Budweiser Duel 2
27 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 13th in Budweiser Duel 1
28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 14th in Budweiser Duel 2
29 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 14th in Budweiser Duel 1
30 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15th in Budweiser Duel 2
31 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 15th in Budweiser Duel 1
32 48 Jimmie Johnson (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 16th in Budweiser Duel 2
33 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford Qualifying Speed
34 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford Qualifying Speed
35 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford Qualifying Speed
36 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Qualifying Speed
37 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Provisional
38 4 Kevin Harvick (W) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Provisional
Failed Inspection
39 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Provisional
40 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet Provisional
41 30 Parker Kligerman (R) Swan Racing Toyota Provisional
42 66 Michael Waltrip (W) Identity Ventures Racing Toyota Provisional
43 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford Provisional
Did Not Qualify
35 Eric McClure (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
87 Joe Nemechek Identity Ventures Racing Toyota
93 Morgan Shepherd BK Racing Toyota
83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford
77 Dave Blaney Randy Humphrey Racing Ford Withdrew
Official starting lineup

Practice (post-duel)[edit]

Fourth practice February 19[edit]

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the fourth practice session on February 19 with a time of 45.096 and a speed of 199.574 mph (321.183 km/h).

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 45.096 199.574
2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 45.097 199.570
3 66 Michael Waltrip (W) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 45.234 198.965
Official fourth practice results

Fifth practice February 21[edit]

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was the fastest in the fifth practice session on February 21 with a time of 45.679 and a speed of 197.027 mph (317.084 km/h).

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 45.679 197.027
2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 45.696 196.954
3 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 45.705 196.915
Official fifth practice results

Final practice February 22[edit]

Kurt Busch was the fastest in the final practice session on February 22 with a time of 45.541 and a speed of 197.624 mph (318.045 km/h).

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 45.541 197.624
2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 45.572 197.490
3 1 Jamie McMurray (W) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 45.576 197.472
Official final practice results

Race[edit]

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won his second Daytona 500 exactly ten years after he won his first 500

First half[edit]

Start[edit]

Austin Dillon started on pole, but led only the first lap. On the next lap, Denny Hamlin took the lead from Dillon. On lap 10, Hamlin dropped back, letting Kurt Busch take the lead. The first caution came out on lap 24 when Kyle Larson spun in turn 2 after getting two flat tires. Paul Menard assumed the lead on the restart and led for four laps, before Hamlin passed him for the lead. Kyle Busch passed him a lap later for the lead. On lap 33, Martin Truex, Jr.'s engine blew up, bringing out the second caution.

Rain delay[edit]

While the field was under caution, it began to rain, and by lap 39, the red flag was displayed with Kyle Busch as the leader.[26] At 2:50 p.m. local time, a tornado warning was issued for the speedway area and the grandstands were evacuated. The red flag lasted for six hours and 22 minutes as track-drying was delayed due to ongoing rain showers, making it the longest rain delay in Daytona 500 history. The race restarted at 8:52 p.m. local time.[27]

Restart[edit]

After the red flag was lifted, the race ran seven laps under caution while the Air Titan did a pass over pit road. After pit stops, the race restarted on lap 46, with Kyle Busch still leading. Busch and Kasey Kahne traded the lead over the next few laps, before both faded and the Team Penske Fords of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano took the point and swapped the lead for several laps. Menard also led six laps during this time. During green flag pit stops around lap 85, Trevor Bayne, Aric Almirola, A. J. Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Michael Waltrip and Danica Patrick briefly held the lead for a couple laps at a time due to different pit strategies. Also during the cycle, moisture at the exit of pit road from the heavy rain shower caused Kahne to spin out into the grass exiting pit road and Kyle Busch pulled an air hose out of his stall exiting pit road, resulting in a pass through penalty – despite these incidents, the race remained under green.

Second half[edit]

Halfway[edit]

When the cycle ended, Paul Menard was on point, where he stayed until lap 106, when Jimmie Johnson took the lead and held it for 9 laps, until Keselowski took it on lap 115. Five laps later, Johnson passed Keselowski back for the lead, and held it until another cycle of pit stops on lap 130. During this cycle, trouble struck Kahne again as this time, he had to speed up pit lane to avoid rookie Michael Annett who spun behind him and was coming to him backwards fast. Due to the speed, Kahne was handed a drive through speeding penalty and to make matters worse, Annett's spin did not bring out a yellow. At the conclusion of this cycle, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. assumed the lead on lap 131 for the first time. He held the lead for thirteen laps, until lap 144, when Carl Edwards passed him. A lap later, Earnhardt retook the lead from Edwards.

Big One[edit]

On lap 145, the third caution came out for a crash on the front straightaway. It started when Kevin Harvick and Brian Scott made contact in the exit of turn 4, sending Scott into Almirola. Almirola shot across the track and collected several more cars including Patrick, Waltrip, Parker Kligerman, Paul Menard, David Gilliland, Josh Wise, and Dillon. Patrick took the worst hit, as her car was turned by Almirola and slammed the outside wall in the tri-oval in a part of the track that lacked a SAFER barrier; the section of wall where Patrick hit the wall would receive a SAFER barrier before the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 that summer.[28] Upon exiting her car, Patrick felt "upset because the car felt really good, it was the best car I've had all of Speedweeks" and that her car "could catch whoever and move around...and move forward".[28] Waltrip was more forthright in his thoughts on the crash, stating he "was going to be fine" but that another car "cleaned our clock from behind".[28]

Closing stages[edit]

Greg Biffle assumed the lead from Earnhardt, Jr. on lap 151 after pit stops. He led the restart on lap 153, but Earnhardt, Jr. quickly regained the lead for three laps, before Biffle repassed him. Biffle led for three more laps before Earnhardt, Jr. repassed him on lap 158. On lap 163, the fourth caution came out for a crash in turn 4 at the back of the pack. It occurred when Kyle Larson spun in turn 4 from contact with Dillon, causing major damage to several more cars including Marcos Ambrose, Kahne, Annett, Jamie McMurray, Brian Scott, and Casey Mears. Earnhardt, Jr. continued to lead on the restart on lap 168. He led until lap 172, when Biffle again passed him for the lead. Biffle led for two laps before he was passed by Edwards for the lead. Edwards led three laps, before Earnhardt, Jr. passed them back for a lap, before handing the lead back to Edwards for four more laps. Earnhardt, Jr. gained the lead for the last time on lap 182.

Finish[edit]

On lap 185, the fifth caution flag came out when Bayne's car snapped loose and crashed into the outside wall on the back straightaway. When the race restarted on lap 187, Earnhardt, Jr. moved in front of Johnson to secure the lead. On lap 193, the sixth caution came out for a crash in turn 3. It started when Austin Dillon turned Ryan Newman. Newman's car turned sideways and collected five more cars, including Allgaier, Scott, Kligerman, Terry Labonte, and Cole Whitt, and set up a two lap shootout for the last restart. Although close on fuel and with a piece of bear bond from Newman's car stuck to his grill, Earnhardt, Jr. took off on the last restart, moving in front of Jeff Gordon. Over the course of the last lap, an intense battle for the runner-up spots unfolded between Johnson, Gordon, Keselowski, and Hamlin. Heading through turn 4, Harvick tried to force himself between McMurray and Kyle Busch in turn 4, and a wreck ensued as Harvick was sent into the wall, collecting a number of other cars including Busch, Edwards, and Reed Sorenson. While that was happening, Earnhardt, Jr. held off Hamlin and took the checkered flag to score his second Daytona 500 victory.[29] Earnhardt, Jr. stated that his car was "awesome" and after some help from Gordon on the restart, Earnhardt, Jr. "just took care of it from there".[29]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Led Points
1 9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 3:26:29.000 54 48
2 4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 +0.092 16 43
3 33 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 200 +0.234 13 42
4 6 24 Jeff Gordon (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 +0.280 0 40
5 32 48 Jimmie Johnson (W) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 +0.203 15 40
6 3 20 Matt Kenseth (W) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 +0.391 0 38
7 34 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 +0.378 0 37
8 25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 +0.508 8 37
9 1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 +0.478 1 36
10 28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 200 +0.808 0 34
11 35 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 200 +1.474 2 34
12 18 40 Landon Cassill Hillman Racing Chevrolet 200 +2.939 0 -
13 38 4 Kevin Harvick (W) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 +4.175 0 31
14 22 1 Jamie McMurray (W) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 +4.269 0 30
15 26 52 Bobby Labonte HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 200 +5.299 0 29
16 39 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 200 +5.737 0 28
17 30 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 +10.573 8 28
18 7 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 +12.845 0 26
19 37 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 +21.527 19 26
20 24 32 Terry Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 200 +1 lap 0 24
21 8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 199 +1 lap 15 24
22 19 31 Ryan Newman (W) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 199 +1 lap 0 22
23 29 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 198 +2 laps 0 21
24 11 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 196 +4 laps 0 20
25 12 33 Brian Scott (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 196 +4 laps 0 -
26 15 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 194 +6 laps 1 19
27 40 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 193 Contact 4 18
28 23 26 Cole Whitt (R) Swan Racing Toyota 193 Contact 0 16
29 41 30 Parker Kligerman (R) Swan Racing Toyota 193 Contact 0 15
30 31 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 192 +8 laps 0 14
31 5 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 192 +8 laps 2 14
32 10 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 184 +16 laps 29 13
33 14 21 Trevor Bayne (W) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 183 Contact 2 -
34 43 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 176 +24 laps 0 10
35 21 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 174 +26 laps 0 9
36 17 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 171 +29 laps 0 8
37 36 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 161 Contact 0 7
38 16 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 160 Contact 0 6
39 13 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 146 Contact 5 6
40 27 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 145 Contact 2 5
41 42 66 Michael Waltrip (W) Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 144 Contact 4 4
42 20 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 128 Engine 0 2
43 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 30 Engine 0 1

Race statistics[edit]

*42 lead changes among 18 different drivers
*7 cautions for 39 laps

Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1 Austin Dillon (R)
2-10 Denny Hamlin
11-25 Kurt Busch
26-30 Paul Menard
31 Denny Hamlin
32-45 Kyle Busch
46 Kasey Kahne
47 Kyle Busch
48 Kasey Kahne
49 Kyle Busch
50-55 Denny Hamlin
56 Kyle Busch
57 Brad Keselowski
58-59 Kyle Busch
60-63 Brad Keselowski
64-70 Paul Menard
71-72 Joey Logano
73-75 Brad Keselowski
76-77 Trevor Bayne (W)
78-82 Aric Almirola
83 A. J. Allmendinger
84 Justin Allgaier (R)
85-86 Danica Patrick
87 Justin Allgaier (R)
88-89 Michael Waltrip (W)
90-106 Paul Menard
107-115 Jimmie Johnson (W)
116-120 Brad Keselowski
121-126 Jimmie Johnson (W)
127-128 Justin Allgaier (R)
129-130 Michael Waltrip (W)
131-143 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W)
144 Carl Edwards
145-150 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W)
151-153 Greg Biffle
154-155 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W)
156-158 Greg Biffle
159-172 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W)
173-174 Greg Biffle
175-177 Carl Edwards
178 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W)
179-182 Carl Edwards
183-200 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W)
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (W) 54
Paul Menard 29
Kyle Busch 19
Denny Hamlin 16
Jimmie Johnson (W) 15
Kurt Busch 15
Brad Keselowski 13
Greg Biffle 8
Carl Edwards 8
Aric Almirola 5
Justin Allgaier (R) 4
Michael Waltrip (W) 4
Joey Logano 2
Kasey Kahne 2
Trevor Bayne (W) 2
Danica Patrick 2
Austin Dillon (R) 1
A. J. Allmendinger 1

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Since 2001, (except for 2002, 2004 and 2006) the Daytona 500 has been carried by Fox. The booth crew has remained the same since the beginning with longtime NASCAR lap-by-lap guy Mike Joy, two time Daytona 500 winning crew chief Larry McReynolds and 1989 Daytona 500 champion Darrell Waltrip. This was the final 500 on Fox for Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Jeff Hammond.

Fox Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Matt Yocum
Steve Byrnes
Krista Voda
Jeff Hammond

Radio[edit]

The 2014 Daytona 500 was broadcast on radio by the Motor Racing Network and simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. MRN Radio has covered the Daytona 500 since 1970. Joe Moore and Barney Hall covered the race from the booth. Longtime turn announcer and prodigy of MRN co-founder Ken Squier Dave Moody was the lead turn announcer. He called the race when the field was racing through turns 1 & 2. Mike Bagley worked the backstretch for the Daytona 500. Jeff Striegle called the race when the field was racing through turns 3 & 4. On pit road, MRN was manned by lead pit reporter and executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Winston Kelly. Alongside Kelley were Steve Post, Woody Cain and Pete Pistone.

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Barney Hall
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Backstretch: Mike Bagley
Turns 3 & 4: Jeff Striegle
Winston Kelly
Steve Post
Woody Cain
Pete Pistone

Standings after the race[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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