2014 Daytona 500
|Race 1 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
|Date||February 23, 2014|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
|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)|
||Richard Childress Racing|
|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|
|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)
9.3 Million Viewers
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 and 500 miles (800 km) on the 2.5 miles (4.0 km) asphalt tri-oval, it was the first race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driving for Hendrick Motorsports, won the race, making this his second Daytona 500 victory breaking a 55-race winless streak. Denny Hamlin finished 2nd, while Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the Top 5. This race had seven cautions and 42 lead changes among 19 different drivers. The top rookies of this race were polesitter Austin Dillon (9th), Alex Bowman (23rd), and Brian Scott (25th).
- 1 Background
- 2 Practice
- 3 Qualifying
- 4 Practice (post-qualifying)
- 5 Budweiser Duels
- 6 Practice (post-duel)
- 7 Race
- 8 Media
- 9 Standings after the race
- 10 See also
- 11 References
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. The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long.[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. Jimmie Johnson was the defending race winner.
In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5 miles (4.0 km) high speed tri-oval, a 3.56 miles (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95 miles (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a .25 miles (0.40 km) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.
The track was built by NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. to host racing that was being held at the former Daytona Beach Road Course and opened with the first Daytona 500 in 1959. The speedway has been renovated three times, with the infield renovated in 2004, and the track repaved in 1978 and 2010.
This was the 56th running of the Daytona 500, the 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 Terry Labonte's 32nd and final start in the Daytona 500. His 32 starts in the race are second all-time to Dave Marcis and his 33 starts.
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.
First practice February 15
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).
|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
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).
|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|
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. "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." "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."
|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|
Third practice February 19
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. Dave Blaney withdrew from the race after his team was unable to secure another car.
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". 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".
|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|
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. 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". 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. 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".
|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|
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.
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. 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. 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".
|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|
|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
|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|
Fourth practice February 19
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).
|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
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).
|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
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).
|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|
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.
While the field was under caution, it began to rain and by lap 39, the red flag was thrown with Kyle Busch leading the race. 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 6 hours and 22 minutes as track-drying was delayed due to ongoing rain showers; this would make it the longest rain delay in Daytona 500 history. The race restarted at 8:52 p.m. local time.
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.
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.
The "Big One"
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 got 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. Upon exiting her car, Patrick felt "upset because the car felt really good, it was the best car [she's] had all of Speedweeks" and that her car "could catch whoever and move around...and move forward". 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".
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.
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. 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".
|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|
- 42 lead changes among 18 different drivers
- 7 cautions for 39 laps; one red flag for 6 hours and 30 minutes.
- Dale Earnhardt, Jr. scored his first win of the season.
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 commentator Mike Joy, two-time Daytona 500 winning crew chief Larry McReynolds, and 1989 Daytona 500 winner Darrell Waltrip. This was the final 500 on Fox for Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda, and Jeff Hammond.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
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 NASCAR Hall of Fame executive director Winston Kelly. Alongside him were Steve Post, Woody Cain, and Pete Pistone.
|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
Standings after the race
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