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Hoosier is Awarded First Win at Daytona

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Justin Haley – Driver of the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet captures his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Victory at Daytona with a little help from Mother Nature.

Daytona, USA – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 18h race of the 2019 season traveled to the Daytona International Speedway, Sunday July 7th, 2019 for the Coke Zero 400. 

Inclement Weather blanketed the Volusia County vicinity which interrupted the scheduled Saturday night race at The World Center of Racing.  The stated race was postponed till Sunday July 7th and was brought to green by Pole Winner, Joey Logano – Driver of the No.22 Penske Ford.

Stage 1

Season Veterans Kevin Harvick – Pilot of the No. 4 Stuart-Haas Ford and Brad Keselowski – Driver of the No. 2 Penske Ford battled for the lead early in Stage 1. The Fords kept the field in check until a Paul Menard’s No. 21 Ford’smechanical issue bunched the field.  As tires wore, Drivers drafted to the top lane of the 2.5 mile speedway for advancement. 

On Lap 37, Logano leads the Fords to pit lane for a full cycle pit stop.  A lap later, the rest of the field headed to pit lane, most opted not to take fresh tires for track positioning.  This strategy allowed the Chevys to take over the point but the dominating Fords were approaching quickly in their rear view mirror.  Harvick and Logano navigated the Ford train past the front running Chevys on the outside and reclaimed the lead. 

Stage 1 final lap, With the assistance of Rickey Stenhouse Jr.’s  No. 17 Ford’s tap to Harvick’s bumper,  Logano took advantage of the alteration and cruised to a Stage 1 win. 

Stage 1 Results

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  3. Ryan Blaney
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Daniel Suarez
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Martin Truex Jr.

Stage 2

As Stage 2 proceeds, Austin Dillion – Driver of the No. 3 Chevy and teammate Chase Elliott-No. 9 Chevy, work together to challenge the Ford family for front bragging rights.

Five Chevys would line up on Lap 66 to pace the field on the bottom section of the track.

With only 5 laps remaining in Stage 2 , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer– Driver of the 14 Stuart –Haas Ford’s make a run on Dillion and pass the leader.  Dillon would fight back with the aid of his Hendrick teammate Alex Bowman – Driver of theNo. 88 Chevy to reclaim the lead and Stage 2 win.

Stage 2 Results

  1. Austin Dillon
  2. Alex Bowman
  3. William Byron
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  9. Bubba Wallace
  10. Joey Logano

Final Stage

After the field returns to pit lane after Stage 2 completion, Joey Logano gambles with a two tire service and will be the first off pit lane. A four tire change for Dillion will sink his position to fourth place.

Dillion worked his Chevy back to the front and would control the momentum until The Big One.

A confrontation with Dillion and Bowyer for the lead,  would bring out a multicar collision, which took out half the field on Lap 118.

Justin Haley – Driver of the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet chose to stay out,  as the small field pitted.

Haley was set,  to lead the remaining drivers back to green, but the weather would not cooperate.  As storms and lightning 7 miles away approach, NASCAR calls the race, validating Justin Haley the win.

The 20 year old Indiana native racks up his first Monster Cup Energy NASCAR Series win in only 3 attempts.

Coke Zero Sugar 400 Final Results

1.  Justin Haley
2. Michael McDowell
3. Landon Cassill
4. William Byron
5. JJ Yaley
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Ty Dillon
8. Ryan Newman
9. Corey LaJoie
10. Aric Almirola
11. Bubba Wallace
12. Matt DiBenedetto
13. Kyle Busch
14. Matt Tifft
15. Paul Menard
16. Chris Buescher
17. Daniel Hemric
18. Kurt Busch
19. Kyle Larson
20. Alex Bowman
21. Brendan Gaughan
22. Martin Truex Jr
23. Erik Jones
24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
25. Denny Hamlin
26. Joey Gase
27. Joey Logano
28. BJ McLeod
29. Kevin Harvick
30. Ross Chastain
31. Parker Kligerman
32. Ryan Preece
33. Austin Dillon
34. Clint Bowyer
35. Chase Elliott
36. Ryan Blaney
37. Quin Houff
38. David Ragan
39. Brad Keselowski
40. Daniel Suarez

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race No. 19 locates to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Saturday July 13, 2019 for the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart   7:30 pm  NBCSN

Bluegrass Sports Nation will have full coverage of the races at Kentucky Speedway next weekend with Brendon D. Miller, Anthony Holbrook, and Larry Robinson bringing you all the action!

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