Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire

Champion: John Wes Townley, No. 05 Zaxby’s Chevrolet

Fun Fact: This is Townley’s second Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire victory in four years and his first DAYTONA win in a Chevrolet.

They Said It: “It was quite a ride there for a while,” Townley said. “We were really having to fight for it. Once you get up there [in the lead], that’s when the heart-stopping starts.”


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Sprint Unlimited

Champion: Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry

Fun Fact: It marked the third consecutive Sprint Unlimited victory and fourth in the last five years for Joe Gibbs Racing.

They Said It: “This is a great team win,’ Hamlin said. “We’re looking forward to [the DAYTONA 500].”


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DAYTONA 500 Qualifying By Kroger

Pole Winner: Chase Elliott, No. 24 NAPA Auto Part Chevrolet

Fun Fact: With a fast lap of 196.314 mph, Elliott became the race’s youngest pole winner, at 20 years, two months and 17 days.

They Said It: “This is a big day, but this is a long week. I’m just very honored and blessed to be with the group of guys that we have. I think it’s a special group. This entire team did such a good job on this car during this off-season. It’s awfully fast.”


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Can-Am Duel

Champions: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Duel 1), No 88 Nationwide Chevrolet & Kyle Busch (Duel 2), No. 18 M&M’s Toyota


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Fun Fact: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory ensured his 12th career start in the front three rows of the DAYTONA 500, the most of any active driver.

They Said It: “We got another win at Daytona for the Earnhardts, so we added to the legacy,” Earnhardt said. “We’re up in the 50s now, with all the wins we have.”


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NextEra Energy Resources 250

Champion: Johnny Sauter, No. 21 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet

Fun Fact: This was the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at DAYTONA for Chevrolet in 17 races.

They Said It: “Man, I was so pumped up,” Sauter said. “I knew [Thursday] that this truck had speed. I knew we had raw speed. This was unbelievable. This is a hard race to win.”


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PowerShares QQQ 300

Champion: Chase Elliott, No. 24 NAPA Auto Part Chevrolet

Fun Fact: At 20 years, two months and 23 days, Elliott becomes the youngest NASCAR XFINITY Series winner at Daytona.

They Said It: “I had such a good car,” Elliott said. “We found ourselves in the right place at the right time at the end and luckily I had just enough to get in front of Joey [Logano].”


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DAYTONA 500

Champion: Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry

Fun Fact: Hamlin delivered Joe Gibbs Racing its first DAYTONA 500 victory since Dale Jarrett did so in 1993.

They Said It: “This is the best … I mean, it’s just the best. It’s the biggest race of my life. The DAYTONA 500 … as a kid it’s what you [dream of winning] – this is the pinnacle of our sport and I’m just proud to be here.”


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