NOTE: This post is a recap of how the Daytona summer 2014 NASCAR race transpired.

Daytona NASCAR Top Ten Starters

  1. David Gilliland
  2. Reed Sorenson
  3. Landon Cassill
  4. Bobby Labonte
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. David Ragan
  9. Jeff Gordon
  10. Greg Biffle

Daytona Full NASCAR Qualifying Results

Pre-Race Notes:

Other Past Daytona 500 Scouting Reports : 2014 Daytona 500, Summer 2013, 2013 Daytona 500,

The race was originally set to be run on Saturday night but due to rain it was run around mid-day on Sunday.

The race was shortened due to rain and only 112 of the 160 laps were completed.

The pit window was 38 to 44 laps.

Bobby Labonte drove the #33.

In the race the low-line with fresh tires was the quickest lane. After about 20 laps the top lane transitioned into the fastest lane.

Race Notes:

David Gilliland led the first four laps until Matt Kenseth passed him on lap 5 using the middle to upper groove.

The caution flag came out for rain on lap 7.

Running order under the rain caution = 20,38,36,34,16,48,40,14,88,33 … 5,24,17,9,99,2,55,4,21,9 … 43,1,95,11,47,22,78,3,42,27

David Gilliland said his car was really good under the early caution.

David Ragan said his car was tight under the early caution.

Under the early rain caution the field was called to pit road where the cars stood still for probably half an hour.

Tony Stewart passed Matt Kenseth for the lead on lap 17.

Drivers who were running near the back on lap 20 = Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Casey Mears and Ryan Newman

Running order on lap 20: 14,34,33,20,17,38,36,48,24,16 … 9,2,40,4,88,21,10,18,11,1 … 42,95,22,7,98,51,18,3,5,43

On lap 21 a massive accident at the front of the field took out many of the favorites including : Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Marcos Ambrose and Brad Keselowski (lost his front valance).

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the second car in the outside lane when the “big one” ensued. Stenhouse Jr. said his car was really fast.

Running order on lap 34: 40,36,38,1,34,16,11,41,18,43 … 5,22,83,33,98,51,10,95,23,20 … 26,2,7,3,9,15,55,66,78,30

Running order on lap 45 following a debris caution: 1,43,40,16,5,38,22,11,10 … 18,83,26,23,51,36,13,98,33,34 … 95,32,27,78,66,15

Greg Biffle looked strong and took the lead from Jamie McMurray on lap 52.

Clint Bowyer ran near the back of the field for nearly the entire first half of the race.

Kurt Busch ran strong leading the high-line just before the midpoint.

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