Daytona Race Results from February 17, 2018 featuring the NASCAR Xfinity Series
Today, the NASCAR Xfinity Series gets their 2018 season rolling.
View full Daytona Xfinity results below.
30 laps in stage 1. 30 more in stage 2. 60 laps in the final stage will complete the 120 lap event.
Stage 1 – Report
Green, Daniel Hemric and Kyle Larson lead them at the line. Hemric just a push from Justin Allgaier. Hemric blocks both lanes.
Lap 6, Joey Logano started at the back. He weaved and out of traffic immediately. Logano is running 6th. Logano hooks up to the rear bumper of Larson, the #42 to the lead.
Lap 11, Austin Cindric is around on the front stretch. He catches Christopher Bell as he loops around on the front.
Lap 15, Larson and Hemric lead the field. 1 lap later, neither driver has an edge. Logano comes up to give Larson a push, Larson to the lead.
5 to go in stage 1, Logano has been shuffled outside the top five.
2 to go, Larson is back to the front. He’s all over the rear bumper of Larson. Final turn, Logano is looking to the outside of Larson. Larson blocks, Logano dives to the bottom in turn 4, Larson blocks that moves as well.
Kyle Larson wins stage 1.
Stage 1 Results: 1. Kyle Larson; 2. Joey Logano; 3. Justin Allgiaer; 4. Tyler Reddick; 5. Elliott Sadler; 6. Daniel Hemric; 7. Michael Annett; 8. Daniel Suarez; 9. Spencer Gallagher; 10. Cole Custer;
Stage 2 – Report
Logano gets shuffled to the back on the pits stops. Larson leads as they drop the green flag. Logano is coming quickly again. 3 wide for 6th on back.
Lap 39, Aric Almirola has a run on Kyle Larson for the lead. Larson pulls up to block. Almirola drops to the bottom, Larson blocks.
Lap 48, Chase Elliott is moving right, left, right and left again. He has found a hole. He pokes through it on the bottom and relegates Larson back to 2nd in turn 1.
6 to go in stage 2, Chase Elliott leads, Larson 2nd and Logano 3rd. Logano fakes Larson off turn 4. Logano to 2nd and he has a run on the #88, Elliott blocks.
1 to go, Suarez has a run through the middle. He shuffles both Logano and Larson out of the draft. Elliott Sadler and Joey Logano fall all the way to the back of the pack.
Chase Elliott wins stage 2.
Stage 2 Results: 1. Chase Elliott; 2. Aric Almirola; 3. Kyle Larson; 4. Daniel Suarez; 5. Spencer Gallagher; 6. Ryan Truex; 7. Austin Dillon; 8. Tyler Reddick; 9. Daniel Hemric; 10. Justin Allgaier;
Stage 3 – Report
Green, Aric Almirola leads. Lap 69, Almirola has a two car length lead. Larson looks low, he has the lead. At the same time, Logano has re-surfaced on at the front. Logano has a head of speed, leading a full train on the high line. Logano drives by the both of them with help from Elliott Sadler.
Chase Elliott just got hung out to dry. He was battling for the lead one moment, the next he’s falling through the middle of the pack.
45 to go, Sadler is looking to lead. He pulls himself from the rear bumper of Logano and finds his teammate leading the high line. Sadler links with Michael Annett as they work the high line to build momentum.
The low line is led by Kyle Larson. Joey Logano is blocking both lanes.
Green, Logano leads with a push from Elliott Sadler. Larson has fallen to 12th. He made a huge chassis adjustment. Larson said he couldn’t move and change lanes, lacking stability.
Chase Elliott looks high around Logano. Logano drifts up to throw a block. He stalls out the momentum of Chase Elliott. But, Elliott Sadler now has a run on the bottom. Logano quickly dives to the bottom to block that run as well.
“Motor shut off again!,” Logano radios to his crew. But, he’s still going and the #22 continues to lead.
25 to go, you cannot lock bumpers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. However, teammates Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler locked bumpers and have just been handed a penalty. Both drivers will need to come to pit road, under green. First, Elliott Sadler makes a move around Logano to lead a lap at the line. The next lap, they are both in the pit lane.
22 to go, trouble at the back. Ryan Truex got blocked by Ryan Reed into turn 3. That sent Truex below the yellow line on corner entry. He saved it but that created some dicing through the field to avoid him. Cole Custer ended up sideways in front of the field. Several cars were collected. Ryan Reed has been black flagged.
Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler are back in this race! The penalty has been served and they will catch back up to the field with this yellow.
Green, Larson leads. Elliott Sadler and Chase Elliott are back up to 15th. Elliott Sadler has sent a message to Chase Elliott, “Tell Chase I’m sorry. It used to be that you couldn’t lock bumpers to advance your position. I guess that rule changed today.”
14 to go, spin off turn 4. Truex was looking for a hole through the middle. Garrett Smithley came down to plug the hole, Truex was already there. Smithley spins into the infield grass. Michael Annett catches a pierce of it as well, he slides through the grass as well, his front splitter was torn up.
Green, Vinnie Miller has spun from 17th. They were running 4 wide just passed the flagstand. Miller attempted to pull in front of Josh Williams, but his nose was already there. Miller was hooked into the outside wall.
Green, Suarez has a run on Larson. Larson weaves, another bold block. Logano looks for the lead on the outside in turn 4, Larson blocks. Logano was going to pull low but Allgaier fills the hole. Allgaier to 2nd. Larson pulls down to block Allgaier.
Elliott Sadler has spun. Chase Elliott got into the rear bumper at the exact moment Sadler made door to door contact with Aric Almirola. Sadler went around but made no contact with the wall. The caution is out.
G-W-C #1, Allgaier gets shuffled. Chase Elliott gives a huge push to Almirola. Kyle Larson is blocking the run. He’s wiggling, he’s on the edge. He’s around in front of the field. Big crash!
Larson and Almirola both went around. They clipped Logano on their way around, chaos ensued. The track was completely blocked. At least 15 cars are involved.
Ryan Reed suffered left front fender damage early in this race. The crew somehow repaired that car under the five minute crash clock. Then, he was black flagged by NASCAR and sent to the tail. Now, due to the latest incidents, Reed restarts in 2nd. Suarez will restart as the leader, he has some damage from the latest caution. Suarez has run out of fuel, under caution!
G-W-C #2, Ryan Reed leads them to green! Reddick has a huge push from Ryan Truex. The bottom lane is 4 cars deep with locked bumpers, Spencer Gallagher spins out of the middle of the bumper cars situation.
Overtime #3, Reddick and Reed lock bumpers into turn 1. They release ahead of corner entry. Reddick leads followed by Reed and Sadler. They’re crashing off turn 4 at the back.
The yellow is out. But, did they flag come out before or after the leader crossed the line? No, he did not. They will rack them again. That yellow has tied a record for the most caution flags in a NXS race at Daytona. Chase Elliott has been black flagged, the right side window has disappeared. The crew somehow gets a new one located and installed before he losses a lap.
Overtime #4, Sadler pushes Reddick to the lead. He leads by 5 car lengths into turn 1 as Sadler and Reed run side by side for 2nd. The caution is out again. Dylan Lupton has broken something in the rear end down the back-straight. He hits the wall, all by himself. This is now a record breaking number of cautions for the NXS at Daytona. Red flag.
Overtime #5, this is a record number of overtime attempts in the history of NASCAR. Fuel is still an issue… One car runs out coming to the green.
Green, Reddick and Reed are even into turn 1. They each have help from behind. Sadler pushed Reddick out front into turn 3. White flag is out, Reddick and adler have broken away. Sadler lifts to get a huge run.
Sadler has a run down the back. Sadler pulls low into turn 3. Even for the lead. Even off turn 4. Banging fenders at the line! Photo finish! Reddick outruns him by 2 inches or less!
.000 is the official margin of victory at Daytona. It’s the closest finish in NASCAR National Series history.
Daytona Xfinity Race Results
February 17, 2018
POS | Driver
1. Tyler Reddick
2. Elliott Sadler
3. Ryan Reed
4. Kaz Grala
5. Garrett Smithley
6. Spencer Gallagher
7. Ryan Truex
8. Daniel Suarez
9. Ross Chastain
10. Brandon Jones
11. Jeff Green
12. Chase Elliott
13. Caesar Bacarella
14. Cole Custer
15. Stephen Leicht
16. Jeremy Clements
17. David Starr
18. JJ Yaley
19. Matt Tifft
20. Vinnie Miller
21. Ryan Sieg
22. Josh Williams
23. Joe Nemechek
24. Alex Labbe
25. Spencer Boyd
26. Daniel Hemric
27. Dylan Lupton
28. Chad Finchum
29. Kyle Larson
30. Ryan Ellis
31. Justin Allgaier
32. Austin Dillon
33. Joey Gase
34. Joey Logano
35. Aric Almirola
36. Brandon Brown
37. Michael Annett
38. Gray Gaulding
39. Christopher Bell
40. Austin Cindric