Hey folks! Here's my take on the Daytona weekend when they (supposedly) race at night! The Trucks were off this time.
Friday was the Nationwide race. Kasey Kahne, who rarely races on this level won with 1 lap led, followed by Regan Smith with 47 laps led, rookie Ryan Sieg, rookie Ryan Reed and Kyle Larson with 5 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Jeremy Clements, Trevor Bayne with 7 laps led and Mike Wallace. Brian Scott led 1 lap and was 16th. Kyle Busch finished 17th after 7 laps led. Pole-sitter and rookie Dakota Armstrong finished 19th after 1 lap led. Another rookie, Chase Elliot finished 20th after 1 lap led. Elliot Sadler was 21st after 28 laps led. Rookie Chad Boat was 26th after 2 laps led. Brendan Gaughan was 28th after 3 laps led. Trevor was 19th on the last restart, but due to the way they race at the big tracks, was able to pass ten cars on the last lap.
Saturday was rainy at night so the Cup race was delayed until Sunday. There was a rain shortened qualifying session, but they were able to complete round 1. Aric Almirola won the race-shortened race with 14 laps led, followed by Brian Vickers, Kurt Busch with 36 laps led, Casey Mears with 1 lap led and rookie Austin Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were Denny Hamlin, Michael McDowell, Danica Patrick, Clint Bowyer with 1 lap led and Marcos Ambrose. Jeff Gordon was 12th after 2 laps led. Matt Kenseth was 20th with 12 laps led. Rookie Michael Annett was 21st with 2 laps led. David Ragan led 7 laps before he had an accident late, which relegated him to 22nd. Greg Biffle led 9 laps before an accident relegated him to 29th. Jamie McMurray led 11 laps before that accident left him 30th. Landon Cassill led 5 laps before he was 31st due to that accident. Reed Sorenson was 33rd due to that accident after he led 4 laps. David Gilliland led 5 laps before that accident relegated him to 35th. Tony Stewart led 3 laps before he was relegated to 39th after an early accident took him off the track awhile.