NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened in July 2018 at Daytona

Daytona Summer 2018 Top Ten Starters

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Alex Bowman
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Michael McDowell
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Austin Dillon

Daytona Full Starting Lineup

Daytona Pre-race Notes

Drivers who started in the rear of the field in a backup car: Daniel Suarez, David Ragan, Kasey Kahne and Landon Cassill

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 40): 17,18,42,24,9,41,31,2,3,88

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 80): 17,34,88,95,13,48,42,3,6,31

2018 Daytona 500 Scouting Report

Daytona Summer 2018 Loop Data Box Score

Daytona Race Notes

Chase Elliott who started on the pole led the opening 10 laps.

Running order on lap 6: 9,88,48,17,34,3,12,2,13,4 … 42,24,31,14,78,6,18,22,41,1 … 10,43,20,21,11,62,47,37,32,15 … 7,19,95,96,00,72,38,23,51,99

On lap 8 it was mentioned that Bubba Wallace was really happy with his car. It had good drivability.

Between laps 11 & 12, Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. traded leading laps.

On lap 13, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. solidly took the lead. He then led the next 30 laps.

Running order on lap 15: 17,34,3,12,9,13,88,42,22,48 … 2,11,4,1,31,21,18,6,24,41 … 20,43,14,78,10,62,47,37,32,15 … 31,19,95,96,00,72,38,23,51,99

Running order on lap 26: 17,34,3,12,13,42,22,21,18,1 … 24,9,14,11,4,88,78,6,2,10 … 48,20,31,41,62,43,47,37,32,15 … 7,19,95,96,00,72,38,23,51,99

On lap 29 it was mentioned that the drivers who started in the top five, none of them were racing in the top ten at the time.

Running order on lap 37: 17,34,3,13,42,12,18,22,24,1 … 9,31,14,41,88,2,21,4,6,11 … 43,48,20,10,78,62,47,37,7,32 … 15,19,95,96,00,72,38,23,51,99

On the final lap of Stage #1 Kyle Busch was really surging towards the front.

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 40): 17,18,42,24,9,41,31,2,3,88

Running order coming off pit road following the Stage Caution: 2,12,24,41,17,31,9,18,42,88

Notable Moments During the Stage Caution

  • Kevin Harvick had a slow pit stop so his team could fix cooling hoses inside his cockpit.
  • Ryan Blaney’s team didn’t fill up his car all the way with gas so he made a second pit stop
  • Michael McDowell made an extra pit stop. There was a toe issue with his car. He ran very well in Stage #1.
  • During the Stage Caution, Jamie McMurray made a second pit stop.

Notable Moment: When Stage #2 started, Ty Dillon didn’t get up to speed. He had no fuel pressure.

Big Moment: On lap 49, Paul Menard spun and damaged his car. He had a lot of damage to his hood. At the time of his incident he was running in 15th. His team was able to repair his car but he lost quite a few laps.

Running order on lap 53 (restart following the Menard incident): 2,24,17,41,31,9,42,18,11,88 … 22,14,3,48,95,6,19,43,20,4 … 62,10,37,72,12,47,32,78,32,15

Big Moment: On lap 54 a “Big One” ensued right near the front of the pack. Keselowski who was running in 2nd at the time was turned by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Tons of drivers were involved. Those who were involved were Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Harvick, Elliott, Almirola, Hamlin, Blaney, Ty Dillon, Bowyer, Stenhouse Jr., Suarez, Menard, Logano, Kurt Busch, Larson, Wallace, Johnson, Bowman, Kahne, Truex Jr., McMurray, Ragan, and Chastain

  • Drivers who got “DNF level damage” from this were …. Blaney, Hamlin, Keselowski, Logano, Elliott, Blaney, Kurt Busch and Suarez
  • In a post DNF interview, Keselowsk said his car was really fast.

Running order on lap 64: 24,18,17,20,31,00,37,34,96,1 … 95,48,6,88,7,62,43,72,13,51 … 38,32,3,14,47,15,78,23 (last driver on the lead lap)

Big Moment: On lap 65 a “Big One” ensued. Drivers collected were Kyle Busch, Byron, McMurray and Bayne. While running in 2nd, Kyle Busch spun after contact from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. William Byron was the leader at the time.

  • Drivers who got “DNF level damage” from this were … Kyle Busch, William Byron and Jamie McMurray.

Running order on lap 72: 17,31,34,88,95,37,6,48,13,42 … 00,3,62,43,96,23,47,14,38,32 … 51,78,15,7,4,20,10,21,1,99 … 72,24,18,9,19,2,41,11,22,12

Running order on lap 78 (two laps remaining in Stage #2): 17,34,88,6,95,31,13,42,48,3 … 00,43,62,37,14,47,23,96,32,51

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 80): 17,34,88,95,13,48,42,3,6,31

During the Stage caution ….