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Wrap-up: Daytona Int'l Speedway

by Anthony Ballantoni

The 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway (DIS) hosted all three NASCAR’s top series season-openers during this past weekend. DIS, as part of it's annual "Speed Weeks", also featured the Advance Auto Parts Clash open to Cup driver's who were 2018 pole winners, past winners of the Clash, drivers who earned a berth in the 2018 playoffs and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the Series full time last year. Jimmie Johnson was the 2019 winner of the rain-shortened "bragging rights" February 10th Clash. This past Friday night, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series 111-lap (11 laps overtime) NextEra Energy Resources 250 was held at the track. On Saturday, the XFINITY Series featured the 120-lap NASCAR Racing Experience 300. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series opened the 2019 season on Sunday with the 207-lap (7 laps OT) Daytona 500. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Qualifying for the MENCS Daytona 500, and only the Daytona 500, is unique. At the end of the February 10th qualifying session only the top two drivers are locked into starting positions for the February 17th event. The rest of the field's results on the 10th set their starting spots in the two qualifying "Gander RV Duels" on Thursday, Feb. 14th. The Duels, in turn, set the rest of the line-up for the Daytona 500.

Time Trials: On Feb. 10th, William Byron (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet) won the Pole Award for the 61st Annual Daytona 500 with a lap of 194.305 mph. This is his first pole in 37 MENCS races. The pole was the 700th for Chevrolet in the MENCS all-time. Alex Bowman (second) posted his third top-10 start in six races at Daytona International Speedway. Based on their finishes in Thursday night's Gander RV Duels the two drivers who did not not qualify for the 40-car Daytona 500 field were No. 66 Joey Gase and No. 71 Ryan Truex.

Results: Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota) won the Daytona 500, his 32nd victory in 471 MENCS races. It is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 27 races at Daytona. Kyle Busch (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 28 Daytona races. Ryan Preece (eighth) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender (ROTY). Pole-sitter William Byron led 44 laps and was involved in a multi-car wreck on lap 198. He finished the 207-lap event credited with a 21st place DNF.

Standings: Denny Hamlin leads the point standings.

Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
 1. Denny Hamlin
 2. Joey Logano
 3. Kyle Busch
 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
 5. Erik Jones
 6. Alex Bowman
 7. Kyle Larson
 8. Jimmie Johnson
 9. Michael McDowell
10. Ty Dillon
11. Brad Keselowski
12. Ryan Preece
13. Chase Elliott
14. Kevin Harvick
15. Ryan Blaney
16. Clint Bowyer

Next: Sunday, Feb. 24, Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval in Hampton, GA)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Tyler Reddick (No. 2 Chevrolet) won the Pole Award for the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona with a lap of 189.060 mph. This is his third pole in 52 NXS races. It is his first pole in five races at Daytona. Jeffrey Earnhardt (second) posted his first top-10 start in eight races at Daytona. Michael Annett (third) earned his third top-10 start at Daytona. Justin Haley (fourth) was the fastest qualifying ROTY.
Did Not Qualify: No one. 38 entries for the 38-car field.

Results: Michael Annett (No. 1 Chevrolet) won the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona, his first victory in 230 NXS races. This is his third top-10 finish in 15 races at Daytona. Justin Allgaier (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 17 Daytona races. Brandon Jones (third) scored his third top-10 finish in seven races at Daytona. John Hunter Nemechek (eighth) was the highest finishing ROTY. Pole-sitter Tyler Reddick led four laps and finished the 120-lap race in ninth place.

Standings: Brandon Jones leads the point standings by 6 points over Ross Chastain.

Top 12 - Chase Contenders:
1. Brandon Jones
2. Ross Chastain
3. Michael Annett
4. Austin Cindric
5. Justin Allgaier
6. Christopher Bell
7. Ryan Sieg
8. John Hunter Nemechek
9. Jeffrey Earnhardt
10. Tyler Reddick
11. Noah Gragson
12. Justin Haley

Next: Saturday, Feb. 23, Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval in Hampton, GA)
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NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS)
Time Trials: Christian Eckes (No. 51 Toyota Tundra) won the Pole Award for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 with a lap of 182.604 mph. This is his first pole in five NGOTS races. It is his series debut at Daytona International Speedway. David Gilliland (second) posted his second top-10 start in three races at Daytona. Todd Gilliland (third) posted his first top-10 start at Daytona. Harrison Burton (fourth) was the fastest qualifying ROTY.
Did not qualify: No. 92 Austin Theriault, No. 7 Korbin Forrister, No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 9 Codie Rohrbaugh, No. 82 Spencer Davis, No. 6 Norm Benning and No. 34 Jason White.

Results: Austin Hill (No. 16 Toyota Tundra) won the NextEra Energy Resources 250, his first victory in 52 NGOTS races. This is his first top-10 finish in four races at Daytona. Grant Enfinger (second) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Daytona. Ross Chastain (third) scored his first top-10 finish in six Daytona races. Gus Dean (15th) was the highest finishing ROTY. Pole-sitter Christian Eckes led one lap, was involved in a multi-truck accident on lap 55 and was credited with a 22nd place DNF in the 111-lap event.

Standings: Austin Hill leads the point standings by 3 points over Grant Enfinger.

Top 8 - Chase Contenders:
1. Austin Hill
2. Grant Enfinger
3. Spencer Boyd
4. Matt Crafton
5. Josh Reaume
6. Timothy Peters
7. Angela Ruch
8. Austin Wayne Self

Next: Saturday, Feb. 23, Atlanta 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval in Hampton, GA)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
ARCA Menards Series
Feb 9, Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway
Winner: Harrison Burton  -  Pole: Christian Eckes  –  Points Leader: Harrison Burton
Next: Mar 9, ARCA Pensacola 200 at Five Flags Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Pensacola, FL)
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K&N Pro Series-East
Feb. 11, New Smyrna 175 at New Smyrna Speedway (0.5-mile oval in New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Winner: Derek Kraus  -  Pole: Hailie Deegan (*)  -  Points Leader: Derek Kraus
Next: Apr 6, Zombie Auto 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile concrete oval in TN)
(*) Qualifying canceled (weather). Lineup set by practice speed. Race delayed to Monday night, Feb. 11.
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K&N Pro Series-West
Season-opener: Feb 28, Star Nursery 100 at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway dirt track
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Pinty’s Series
Season-opener: May 19 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course near Bowmanville, Ontario)
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Whelen Modified Tour
Season-opener: Mar 16, Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (0.538-mile oval in SC)
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Peak Mexico Series
Season-opener: Mar 31 at Autódromo Monterrey (1.0-mile oval in Monterrey, Mexico)

Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.