Along with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Denny Hamlin—the drivers who lined-up first through third—Kevin Harvick has swept the top 10 in the first three restrictor-plate, superspeedway races this season. Harvick finished fourth in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Harvick did his best to push the leaders to the checkers and overachieved. As the field took the final flag, he turned Denny Hamlin in front of the pack to trigger a massive accident.
Denny Hamlin finished third in the Coke Zero 400 and was then turned by Kevin Harvick as the field crossed under the checkers. Hamlin’s spin collected virtually every car on the lead lap, but not until after the results were set.
Hamlin was one of four drivers who currently have perfect records of top-10s on plate tracks this year, which makes him a solid pick for the fall Talladega SuperSpeedway race.
Jimmie Johnson was the only driver who could occasionally challenge Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Coke Zero 400. Johnson led the second-most laps of 35 to Earnhardt’s 97, but he could not quite get enough help to make a last-lap pass on his teammate.
Johnson finished fifth in the Daytona 500 and was second to Earnhardt at Talladega SuperSpeedway in the Geico 500 to easily become the second-best driver on restrictor-plate, superspeedways this season.
Denny Hamlin was spun by Kevin Harvick in front of the field at the finish line and in the chain-reaction crash, Austin Dillon was launched into the catch fence on the frontstretch. He tore down the fence, destroyed his car, and ultimately landed on his lid after finishing seventh in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Dillon climbed from the car uninjured. Safety advances in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series allows drivers to race this fearlessly and contributes to some exciting finishes. The wreck started at the front of the pack and every lead lap car except the winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. sustained damage.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the field to green and he led the field to the checkers after pacing the pack for 97 laps in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
This was Earnhardt’s second restrictor-plate, superspeedway victory in a row. He won the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and also finished third in the Daytona 500. Earnhardt is once again the Pied Piper of plate tracks.
George Brunnhoelzl III is once again all alone atop the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour career wins list at Caraway Speedway.
With his performance Saturday night Brunnhoelzl took home the checkered flag in the Daggett & Shuler Attorneys at Law Rusty Harpe Memorial 150 for his 12th career victory at the venerable .455-mile oval. That breaks a tie for the track lead he was in with Andy Seuss, who won the tour’s last visit to Caraway in March.
In only his seventh start, 23-year-old Rico Abreu from St. Helena, California, earned his first NASCAR win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Columbus Motor Speedway Saturday night.
With his win in the NAPA 150, Abreu continues his breakout year that saw him with the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals sprint car event, make his first stock car start in February, sign with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks and win his first Coors Light Pole Award in the previous K&N Pro Series East event at Langley Speedway. Abreu captured his second Coors Light Pole Award in a row earlier in the evening at Columbus, but it was the decisive pass for the lead that he made on Lap 115 that ultimately delivered his first victory.
Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon won the Subway Firecracker 250 , his fifth victory in 90 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro driver's third NXS victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2015. It is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in six NXS races at Daytona International Speedway.