Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Anything Can Happen at Daytona

Anything Can Happen at Daytona

The Last Six Races Overall At Daytona Have Been Determined By A Margin Of Victory Of Less Than A Half Second

The Thunderbirds perform a flyover prior to the start of the Monster Energy #NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500.
The Thunderbirds perform a flyover prior to the start
of the #MENCS 60th Annual Daytona 500.

This past weekend at Chicagoland saw the most thrilling last-lap battle for a win of the season. While everyone is talking Kyle Busch; NASCAR Race Mom has to marvel at the skill of second place finisher, Kyle Larson.

Larson chased Busch down in the closing laps, and on the final lap, passed Busch by pinching him into the wall in Turn Two. ‘Rowdy’ recovered and completed a ‘bump-and-run’ Turn Three to loosen Larson up so that he could get back around and take the checkered flag.


However, if you blinked, you missed Larson’s amazing wheelmanship to straighten out his spin, keep the vehicle out of the grass and race to the checkered for second. – It was incredible and worth the price of a ticket by itself!

Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy #NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
Austin Dillon, (#3 DOW Chevrolet)
celebrates in Victory Lane
This weekend, the Monster Energy #NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity are headed back to Daytona, where the history of the July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is worthy of its own highlight reel (Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Don’t blink or you’ll miss an exciting dash to the checkered flag. The last six races overall at Daytona have been determined by a margin of victory of less than a half second:
  • • 2018 Daytona 500: 0.26 (Austin Dillon over Bubba Wallace)
  • • 2017 July: 0.213 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr. over Clint Bowyer)
  • • 2017 Daytona 500: 0.228 (Kurt Busch over Ryan Blaney)
  • • 2016 July: 0.159 (Brad Keselowski over Kyle Busch)
  • • 2016 Daytona 500: 0.01 (Denny Hamlin over Martin Truex Jr.)
  • • 2015 July: 0.122 (Dale Earnhardt Jr. over Jimmie Johnson)

And, in fact, the track holds three of the top 10 closest MOV in the Monster Energy Series since the inception of electronic timing and scoring:

  • • Third closest MOV – 2007 Daytona July race: 0.005 (Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch)
  • • Sixth closest MOV – 1994 Daytona July race: 0.008 (Jimmy Spencer over Ernie Irvan)
  • • Tied for seventh closest MOV (and closest MOV in Daytona 500 history)– 2016 Daytona 500: 0.01 (Denny Hamlin over Martin Truex Jr.)


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