The closest NASCAR finish ever happened in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2018
The official score shows a tie at Daytona International Speedway. The margin is set at .000 seconds. NASCAR timing and scoring doesn’t measure beyond thousandths of a second.
Watch the video of the closest NASCAR finish in the history below.
Tyler Reddick won the event, by inches. Elliott Sadler claimed yet another runner-up finish at Daytona.
Elliott Sadler received a penalty earlier in the event. He locked bumpers with Chase Elliott for too long. The official time that drivers are allowed to stay locked in 1 second.
“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,” Elliott Sadler said on the radio during the race.
The end of the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Daytona was a marathon. It’s took five green-white-checkered attempts to grab the white flag. Five sets a record for the most GWC attempts in NASCAR history. In addition, this race also featured the most cautions at Daytona in Xfinity Series history.
It was a record braking race all around!
After 5 G-W-C attempts, they finally grabbed the white flag.Tyler Reddick and Elliott Sadler created a gap to 3rd on back into turn 1. That’s generally not a good thing.
However, Sadler saw a run coming from behind him. He elected to do the same thing. He trailed 3 car lengths from the leader in the middle of turns 1-2 to get a run of his own.
Down the back straight, Sadler had a run. He pulled out of line, expecting Truex to go with him. Instead, Truex picked up Reddick and left Sadler on the bottom by himself.
Truex then made a move to the outside to try an attempt at the lead. That only slowed them both down allowing Reed to pull to the rear bumper of Sadler.
Truex and Reddick became disconnected off turn 4. Reddick was on his own in the race to the line. He turned down the banking and rubbed fenders with Sadler. That took a little momentum away from Sadler.
Reddick then broke away and outran Sadler at the line by .000 seconds or just a few inches!
“That was insane,” Tyler Reddick said from the Daytona Media Center after the win. “It was going to be me winning or him winning. Either way, that’s a win for Dale and the rest of the team. I’m just glad it was us winning.”
Tyler Reddick and Elliott Sadler both drive for JR Motorsports.
Closest finish in NASCAR history (VIDEO)
Daytona International Speedway
February 17, 2018
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