2018 Daytona 500

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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
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Date February 18, 2018 (2018-02-18)
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 Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 5.3/12 (Overnight)[14]
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, was 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. Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing won the race, Darrell Wallace Jr. making his first Daytona 500 start finished second while Denny Hamlin came in third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, the track where the race was held

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.[15] The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long.[16] The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees.[16]

Notes[edit]

This was the first Daytona 500 race since 1982 where none of the cars were sponsored by beer companies (Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, respectively, were instead sponsored by Jimmy John's and Discount Tire for the race).[17] 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 list[edit]

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
  • (R) Denotes Rookie of the Year candidate.
  • (i) Denotes driver has declared for another NASCAR national touring series championship and is thus ineligible for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship points.

Practice[edit]

First practice (February 10)[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).[18]

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]

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).[19]

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]

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).[20]

Qualifying results[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) Premium Motorsports 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]

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]

Duel 1 results[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]

Duel 2 results[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]

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]

Third practice (February 16)[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).[21]

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]

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).[22]

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]

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).[23]

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[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

Start[edit]

The 60th running of the Daytona 500 began with Alex Bowman leading the field to the green flag. Denny Hamlin took the lead on lap 1 and led the first 10 laps. The first caution of the race came out on lap 9 when Corey LaJoie blew an engine in Turn 2, and Hamlin was penalized one lap for pitting outside his box prior to the caution.

Racing resumed on lap 13. Kyle Busch's,tire went flat on lap 30, and had to pit , dropping him from 5th to 38th to get his tire fixed . The second caution came out on lap 52 for a three-car wreck in turn 3. Kyle Busch spun out prior to the same time his tire went flat. The first ten cars did not opt to pit, waiting instead for the end of stage 1.

The race went back to green on lap 56, with 5 laps remaining in the first stage. On the final lap of the stage, a major pileup occurred on the end of the backstretch, bringing out the third caution flag of the race. The crash was triggered when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. attempted to block Ryan Blaney battling for second. Stenhouse briefly lost control of his car before saving it, but the resulting slowdown led to Erik Jones spinning in front of the field and starting the wreck. As the stage ended under caution 2017 Daytona 500 champion and leader Kurt Busch won the stage, but he missed his pit box and was penalized. A total of nine cars was involved in the melee including William Byron, Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suárez, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Larson. A total of four cars were out of the race, including Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suárez, Erik Jones and Ty Dillon.[24]

Stage 2[edit]

Racing restarted on lap 67. Ryan Blaney assumed the lead on lap 68 and led 26 laps, until Paul Menard took the lead from Blaney on lap 94 and led one lap, but debris on the back straightaway brought out the fourth caution of the race on lap 94, from William Byron's car, and Martin Truex Jr. chose not to pit and he took the lead a lap later.

Racing resumed on lap 97 . The fifth caution of the race came out for a seven-car wreck in turn 3 another (The Big One) involving Chase Elliott, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick, David Ragan, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Kasey Kahne. A total of eleven cars were out of the race.

Restart flew with 92 to go, Ryan Blaney won the second stage and collected ten points prior to winning the stage as caution #6 flew with 78 to go for conclusion of the second stage.

Final stage[edit]

Back to the green flag with 73 to go, Denny Hamlin took the lead with 28 to go and led 3 laps, and Ryan Blaney assumed the lead with 26 to go and led 26 laps. Caution flew for the seventh time with 9 to go for a single-car spin as William Byron spun out into turn 2, so that meant Joey Logano won the free pass under caution.

Racing resumed with 6 to go and a major multi-car wreck (a third "The Big One") brought out the eighth caution of the race. 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch tried to pass Denny Hamlin but contact behind him triggered the melee. A total of twelve cars were involved were Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Matt DiBenedetto, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano, Darrell Wallace Jr., Jeffrey Earnhardt, Brendan Gaughan, and A. J. Allmendinger. The multi-car wreck sent the race into overtime.

Overtime[edit]

The race resumed on lap 205 of 200 advertised, for a 2-lap NASCAR Overtime. Aric Almirola was leading at the white flag, but a mistimed block on the superstretch forced Austin Dillon to drive into his right-rear corner and turn Almirola into the wall. Dillon drove on and scored his second career NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series victory along with Dillon’s first career Daytona 500 victory, 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won the 1998 Daytona 500 in the same seat.[25]

Post race[edit]

"I did what I had to do in the end; I hated for Aric Almirola's team" said Dillon, after a series of burnouts. This was in reference to contact between the two on the final lap.

Race results[edit]

Stage Results[edit]

Stage One Laps: 60

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 8
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 7
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6
6 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 5
7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 2
10 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage Two Laps: 60

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 10
2 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 9
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 8
4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 6
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 5
7 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 3
9 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage Results[edit]

Laps: 80

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 14 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 207 42
2 7 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 207 39
3 2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 207 35
4 5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 207 41
5 21 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 207 32
6 16 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 207 42
7 3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 207 48
8 13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 207 29
9 22 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 207 39
10 20 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 207 27
11 37 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 206 33
12 29 51 Justin Marks (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 206 0
13 18 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 206 28
14 39 92 David Gilliland (i) RBR Enterprises Ford 206 0
15 10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 206 22
16 19 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 205 21
17 1 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 205 29
18 24 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 205 30
19 38 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 204 18
20 34 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 204 17
21 27 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt StarCom Racing Chevrolet 204 16
22 40 66 Mark Thompson MBM Motorsports Ford 203 15
23 33 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 203 14
24 30 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 201 13
25 12 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 12
26 11 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 198 21
27 36 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 198 10
28 25 62 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 198 9
29 9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 197 15
30 15 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 107 7
31 6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 105 10
32 31 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 102 5
33 4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 101 7
34 26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 101 3
35 28 7 Danica Patrick Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 101 2
36 8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 59 1
37 17 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 59 1
38 35 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 59 1
39 23 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 59 1
40 32 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 8 1
Official race results

Racing statistics[edit]

  • 24 lead changes among 14 drivers
  • 8 cautions for 37 laps
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 26 minutes and 58 seconds
  • Average speed: 150.551 miles per hour (242.288 km/h)
  • Margin of victory: 0.260 seconds

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Since 2001—with the exception of 2002, 2004 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 Little, Regan Smith, Vince 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]

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]

Notes[edit]

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