NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened in the 2017 Daytona 500

Daytona 500 Top Ten Starters

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Jamie McMurray
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Matt Kenseth
  10. Austin Dillon

Daytona Full Starting Lineup

Daytona Pre-race Notes

Ryan Blaney, Paul Menard and Jimmie Johnson started in the rear of the field in backup cars.

The lap number in the stages were 60/60/80

Lap 60 Stage #1 Top Ten = 18,4,21,2,88,42,1,11,48,10

Lap 120 Stage #2 Top Ten = 4,22,41,2,10,47,14,42,31,21

Daytona 500 Loop Data Box Score

Daytona Race Notes

Chase Elliott who started on the pole led the opening 5 laps. When the green flag waved Dale Earnhardt Jr. who started alongside him on the front row ducked behind him.

On lap 4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. got stuck in the middle groove and fell back to 10th quickly.

On lap 6 it was reported Clint Bowyer really liked his car. He liked it’s speed and handling.

On lap 6 Jamie McMurray passed Chase Elliott for the lead.

Running order on lap 10: 1,4,2,88,22,24,42,14,13,11 … 38,41,3,18,10,21,31,78,95,17 … 5,20,96,23,43,83,27,47,75,37 … 19,34,77,7,15,48,72,6,33,32

On lap 15 Joey Logano came to pit road to start green flag pit stops.

Big Moment: On lap 18 all the JGR Toyota’s and Furniture Row Racing cars came to pit road.

  • During the pit cycle Erik Jones missed his pit stall and got a speeding penalty. This dropped him down a lap.
  • During the pit cycle Daniel Suarez missed his pit stall. This dropped him down two laps.
  • On lap 21 Matt Kenseth came back to pit road because he had a tire issue. This dropped him down a lap.

Running order on lap 22: 4,24,2,88,1,42,3,14,21,10 … 31,95,13,41,23,38,7,27,75,83 … 47,17,5,37,43,96,48,72,34,6 … 15,33,32,18,11,78,22,77,20,19

Big Moment: On lap 31 Stewart-Haas Racing cars made their pit stops along with McMurray. On that lap Corey LaJoie was coming to pit road but he was going too fast. He clipped Clint Bowyer ever so slightly and damaged the #14. He then went careening into the wall which brought out the first caution.

  • During this green flag pit stop Kurt Busch was caught speeding on pit road.

The Corey LaJoie caution was a big break for Joey Logano who was the first driver to pit.

Running order on lap 41: 4,18,11,78,21,2,17,27,1,38 … 10,42,88,95,22,48,31,24,13,3 … 43,37,23,75,7,41,72,34,47,32 … 77,34,98,15,5,6,33,20,83,19

On lap 44 Truex Jr. got scuffled back and went from 2nd to 16th.

Ryan Blaney was really racy on lap 50 and was racing side by side with Kyle Busch for the lead.

Big Moment: On lap 50 David Ragan slapped the wall very hard. He was running in 8th place at the time.

Running order on lap 52: 18,2,21,1,4,88,11,10,42,17 … 48,22,95,13,37,24,31,3,7,32 … 43,75,23,78,47,77,41,27,15,14 … 6,34,72,96,5,38,33,20,83,19

Big Moment: On lap 55 David Ragan had a tire go flat after contact with Newman. He then came to pit road to make an unexpected stop.

With three laps to go in stage #1 Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. came to pit road as a strategy move. During this stop Truex Jr. had an extremely long pit stop that dropped him down a lap.

Lap 60 Stage #1 Top Ten = 18,4,21,2,88,42,1,11,48,10

Running order at the end of stage #1 = 18,4,21,2,88,42,1,11,48,10 … 95,22,31,37,24,13,47,43,3 … 75,41,32,15,14

  • During pit stops during stage #1 Keselowski had a slow stop and had to backup.
  • During this round of pit stops Kyle Larson used strategy which got him up to the lead.

Running order on lap 72: 4,42,21,18,48,88,22,1,95,37 … 2,42,20,24,27,7,5,10,72,32 … 13,6,23,43,31,77,75,15,47,34 … 33,96,3,11,14,78,17,19,83,38

On lap 74 Denny Hamlin radioed that he was dropping back because he didn’t like how things were looking near the front of the pack.

On lap 82 Joe Gibbs and Furniture Row cars that were on the lead lap (everyone but Truex and Suarez) came to pit road as a strategy play. As a result of this strategy move Kenseth and Hamlin went a lap down. Kyle Busch and Erik Jones were running right in front of the leaders still on the lead lap.

Running order on lap 89: 4,21,48,22,95,2,41,13,37,27 … 7,32,72,15,10,88,42,5,1,24 … 75,6,43,31,47,34,23,3,14,33 … 96,18,77,20,78,11,17,19,83,38

Running order on lap 97: 88,7,48,24,37,1,5,72,15,42 … 32,75,6,43,31,47,34,23,3,14 … 33,96,4,10,41,22,2,21,95,13 … 18,77,20,11,27,17,78,19,83,38

On lap 100 Clint Bowyer wasn’t happy with his car. He asked if he had a parachute at the rear of his car. It was damaged earlier in the race from contact with LaJoie.

Big Moment: On lap 105 a big wreck happened at the front of the field. Kyle Busch had a tire going down while he was leading the pack. Drivers collected were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler. All of the drivers but Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler got DNF level damage.

Running order on lap 116: 4,22,10,41,2,31,14,21,14,24,47 … 42,34,6,23,37,43,48,32,5,1 … 95,27,3,75,96,7,72,11,33,15 … 78,19,17,13,83,88,38,18,77,20

Lap 120 Stage #2 Top Ten = 4,22,41,2,10,47,14,42,31,21

Big Moment: On lap 128 a “Big One” ensued. Drivers collected were Johnson, Harvick, Bowyer, DJ Kennington, Hamlin, Buescher, Bayne, Patrick and Gase. Of these drivers Bayne and Hamlin were able to keep racing.

Jamie McMurray raced very aggressively. He caused the “Big One.”

Big Moment: With 65 laps to go Stenhouse, Bayne and Sadler wrecked.

Big Moment: With 59 laps to go another “Big One” ensued. Drivers collected were Ty Dillon, McMurray, Cassill, Keselowski and Newman.

Big Moment: With 51 laps to go Joey Gase and Brendan Gaughan spun and brought out the caution.

Running order with 46 laps to go: 43,42,72,78,22,21,27,24,6,11 … 41,3,31,95,47,5,32,75,15,34 … 7,23 (first driver one lap down at this point),4,83,33 (first driver out at this point in the race),2,38,1,19,13 … 17,14,10,48,37,96,88,18,77,38

Running order with 35 laps to go: 42,22,24,41,27,6,78,5,43,3 … 21,72,95,75,47,32,15,34,11,7 … 31,23,4,83,38 (everyone else was out)

Running order with 24 laps to go: 24,78,22,41,3,5,42,21,95,43 … 27,6,72,32,15,47,75,11,34,7 … 31,23,4,83,38 (everyone else was out)

Running order with 16 laps to go: 24,78,41,42,5,21,43,27,72,47 … 3,95,22,6,32,75,15,11,34,7 … 31,23,4,83,38 (everyone else was out)

Running order with 8 laps to go: 24,78,41,42,5,27,47,43,95 … 21,22,2,72,6,32,15,75,11,34,7 … 31,4,23,83,38 (everyone else was out)

With 3 laps to go while leading Chase Elliott stumbled on fuel.

On the last lap while leading Kyle Larson ran out of fuel.

Daytona 500 NASCAR Results

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. AJ Allmendinger
  4. Aric Almirola
  5. Paul Menard
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Michael Waltrip
  9. Matt DiBednetto
  10. Trevor Bayne
  11. Brendan Gaughan
  12. Kyle Larson
  13. Martin Truex Jr.
  14. Chase Elliott
  15. Michael McDowell
  16. Landon Cassill
  17. Denny Hamlin
  18. Cole Whitt
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Elliott Sadler
  21. Ryan Newman
  22. Kevin Harvick
  23. Joey Gase
  24. Corey LaJoie
  25. David Ragan
  26. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  27. Brad Keselowski
  28. Jamie McMurray
  29. Daniel Suarez
  30. Ty Dillon
  31. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  32. Clint Bowyer
  33. Danica Patrick
  34. Jimmie Johnson
  35. Chris Buescher
  36. DJ Kennington
  37. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  38. Kyle Busch
  39. Erik Jones
  40. Matt Kenseth