William Byron Wins Crash-Fest at Daytona

William Byron win his second-career NASCAR Xfinity Series race
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In a wild race that ended more than 21 hours after it started, William Byron won his second NASCAR XFINITY Series event in seven days, taking the checkered flag in overtime in Saturday’s weather-delayed Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Byron took the lead from Joey Logano on Lap 98 of a scheduled 100, when off-center contact from Byron’s front bumper sent Logano’s No. 22 Ford plowing through the infield grass below the backstretch.

"I was just trying to push him to make it a two-man race," Byron said after doubling up on his victory last week at Iowa Speedway. "There was some room, and I got him a little squirrely."

Byron picked up his first win at the 2.5-mile superspeedway and the second of his career, two weeks after finishing second to Denny Hamlin by .012 seconds at Michigan.

The race, which started on Friday night but was postponed after 11 laps, ended under caution when NASCAR threw the yellow flag for a wreck on the backstretch after Byron had crossed the overtime line. The 19-year-old driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet led JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler to the checkered flag.

In between the Friday start and the Saturday finish were three red-flag periods – the first of more than 16 hours for the rain delay, a second of 2 hours 29 minutes for lightning and rain and a third to clean up a late wreck.

Dakoda Armstrong ran a career-best third, bettering his fifth-place finish last Saturday at Iowa. Jeb Burton and David Starr set career highs as well, with finishes of fourth and fifth, respectively.

William Byron (9) takes the checkered flag under caution at Daytona
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Logano’s trip through the grass didn’t necessitate a caution, but a massive 18-car wreck on the backstretch brought out the eighth yellow on Lap 99 and forced the overtime. With a push from Sadler, Byron surged to the front after a restart on lap 103 and held the spot until NASCAR called the final caution for the wreck on the backstretch.

Sadler’s push of his teammate was a planned move.

"He and I talked for a long time during qualifying (on Friday) about what we would do on a restart," Sadler said. "He nailed it."

Sadler, 42, continues to be impressed by a teammate less than half his age.

"William Byron is the real deal," Sadler said. "He knows where the edge is with his car, and he keeps it in one piece."

Byron led a race-high 29 laps.

"We've had a great last three weeks," he said. "I think, as a team, we're getting more and more confident."

RACE RESULTS

Pos. # Driver Make Start Laps Led Status Points Playoff Points
1 9 William Byron Chevy 3 104 29 Running 49 11
2 1 Elliott Sadler Chevy 7 104 7 Running 51 4
3 28 Dakoda Armstrong Toyota 21 104 0 Running 42 0
4 24 Jeb Burton Toyota 17 104 0 Running 36 0
5 99 David Starr Chevy 33 104 0 Running 32 0
6 48 Brennan Poole Chevy 1 104 13 Running 43 0
7 22 Joey Logano Ford 10 104 6 Running 0 0
8 52 Joey Gase Chevy 34 104 0 Running 29 0
9 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevy 9 104 0 Running 28 1
10 78 BJ McLeod Toyota 31 104 0 Running 27 0
11 07 Ray Black Jr Chevy 30 104 0 Running 26 0
12 14 JJ Yeley Toyota 37 104 0 Running 25 0
13 26 Scott Lagasse Jr Toyota 24 104 0 Running 24 0
14 51 Jeremy Clements Chevy 38 104 0 Running 23 0
15 2 Ben Kennedy Chevy 2 104 4 Running 33 0
16 40 Timmy Hill Dodge 36 104 0 Running 21 0
17 19 Matt Tifft Toyota 6 104 0 Running 25 0
18 33 Brandon Jones Chevy 16 104 1 Running 22 0
19 8 Jeff Green Toyota 40 104 0 Running 18 0
20 3 Ty Dillon Chevy 15 104 13 Running 0 0
21 00 Cole Custer Ford 19 104 0 Running 16 0
22 74 Mike Harmon Dodge 35 104 0 Running 15 0
23 23 Spencer Gallagher Chevy 22 104 0 Running 15 0
24 20 Erik Jones Toyota 14 104 0 Running 0 0
25 25 Chris Cockrum Chevy 29 104 0 Running 12 0
26 4 Ross Chastain Chevy 20 104 0 Running 11 0
27 42 Tyler Reddick Chevy 13 103 0 Accident 17 0
28 0 Garrett Smithley Chevy 27 102 0 Accident 9 0
29 13 Mark Thompson Toyota 39 102 0 Accident 8 0
30 7 Justin Allgaier Chevy 25 100 2 Accident 7 7
31 16 Ryan Reed Ford 12 100 0 Accident 6 5
32 21 Daniel Hemric Chevy 5 99 0 Accident 12 1
33 5 Michael Annett Chevy 11 98 0 Accident 9 0
34 98 Casey Mears Ford 23 98 0 Accident 7 0
35 39 Ryan Sieg Chevy 18 98 0 Accident 2 0
36 01 Harrison Rhodes Chevy 26 94 0 Rear Gear 1 0
37 90 Brandon Brown Chevy 28 50 0 Accident 1 0
38 11 Blake Koch Chevy 4 50 28 Accident 11 1
39 18 Daniel Suarez Toyota 8 50 1 Accident 0 0
40 92 Josh Williams Chevy 32 50 0 Accident 1 0


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