Saturday, December 31, 2016

Daytona Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Daytona night race weekend. The Trucks were off this time.

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Aric Almirola won with 2 laps led, followed by Justin Allgiar with 3 laps led, Ryan Sieg, Joey Logano with 46 laps led, Brendan Gaughan with 1.  Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Reed, Jeff Green, Spencer Gallagher, Chase Elliott with 5 laps led and rookie Erik Jones. Ross Chastain led 2 laps and was 11th. Ty Dillon was 14th after leading 3 laps.  Elliott Sadler led 11 laps and was 18th.  Pole-sitter David Ragan was 21st after leading 18 laps.  Rookie Brennan Poole was 26th due to an accident after 97 laps.  David Starr was 27th due to an accident after 96 laps.  Austin Dillon led 10 laps and was 28th.  Mark Thompson led 1 lap before an engine issue relegated him to 31st.  Daniel Suarez was 32nd due to an accident after 48 laps.   Morgan Shepherd led 1 lap before rear gear troubles relegated him to 35th.   Joe Nemechek and Justin Marks were 36th and 37th, respectively after wrecking on lap 14. Alex Guenette was 38th due to crashing out after 9 laps.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 39th due to an accident after 8 laps.  Rookie B. J. McLeod was 40th due to engine issues on lap 1.

Saturday night was the Cup race.  Brad Keselowski won with 115 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 16 laps led, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano with 6 laps led and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, pole-sitterGreg Biffle with 1 lap led, Clint Bowyer with 1 lap led and Michael McDowell.  Casey Mears led 2 laps and was 12th.   David Ragan was 16th with 1 lap led.   Denny Hamlin led 7 laps and finished 17th.  Carl Edwards led 8 laps before an accident on lap 155 relegated him to 25th.  Tony Stewart led 1 lap before an accident on lap 148 relegated him to 26th. Martin Truex, Jr. was 29th after 1 lap led.  Jamie McMurray was 34th due to an accident on lap 91.  Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard,  rookie Brian Scott, Regan Smith with 1 lap led, Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led and rookie Chris Buescher all wrecked out on lap 89 and were 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th and 40th respectively.
Come back for my Kentucky recap.

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