NASCAR: Kurt Busch Wins 2017 Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas

NASCAR: Kurt Busch Wins 2017 Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas

NASCAR: Kurt Busch Wins 2017 Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas

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Kurt Busch won a Daytona 500 marred by accidents that damaged 35 of the 40 cars in the 2017 NASCAR Cup opener.

The Stewart-Haas Ford driver hit the front as both pole sitter Chase Elliott and then Kyle Larson ran out of gas while leading during the final 2 laps.

Mr. Busch kept out of the many incidents that took place in the middle part of the race and worked his way back up the field having dropped to the rear early on due to a pit lane speeding penalty.

The race, which was split into 2 stages of 60 laps and a third 80 lap stage under the new rules, had numerous cautions occurring late in the 2nd stage and early in the 3rd stage.

As the 3rd stage was 80 laps long, a number of teams wrongly calculated how much fuel was needed to finish amid all the yellows, leading to Elliott and Larson’s late heartbreaks.

Before the late drama it was Kevin Harvick, runner up in the first stage behind Kyle Busch and winner of the 2nd stage, who looked most comfortable going into stage 3.

Mr. Harvick was among a number of major contenders taken out of contention in a 16-car crash early in the third stage, along with reigning champion Jimmie Johnson and last year’s 500 winner Hamlin.

Mr. Elliott then looked the most likely winner as the Sun went down, before the fuel issues left him 14th and Mr. Larson 12th.

Underdogs Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers, who was lucky to escape damage in an earlier crash, and AJ Allmendinger of JTG Daugherty came through to 2nd and 3rd, followed by Aric Almirola and Paul Menard.

A Roger Penske protege Blaney fared better than the team’s own drivers, with Joey Logano squeezed back to sixth in the final laps and Brad Keselowski another crash victim.

Toyota’s only Top-10 finisher was Michael Waltrip in eighth in his farewell race. Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers were all caught up in accidents and Furniture Row’s Martin Truex Jr was yet another to run out of gas.

POS DRIVER TEAM CAR LAPS
1 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200
2 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200
3 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 200
4 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200
5 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200
6 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 200
7 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200
8 Michael Waltrip Premium Motorsports Toyota 200
9 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford 200
10 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200
11 Brendan Gaughan Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 200
12 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200
13 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 200
14 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200
15 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 200
16 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 199
17 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 199
18 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Ford 199
19 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 199
20 Elliott Sadler Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 199
21 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 198
22 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 197
23 Joey Gase BK Racing Toyota 196
24 Corey LaJoie BK Racing Toyota 193
25 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 188
26 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport / TMG Chevrolet 145
27 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 143
28 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 141
29 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 141
30 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 140
31 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 133
32 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 128
33 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 128
34 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 127
35 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 127
36 D.J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 127
37 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 106
38 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 103
39 Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing Toyota 103
40 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 103

Have a terrific week.

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