After a record-breaking Speedweeks 2018, let’s have a look back on each of our race champions!
Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire
Champion: Michael Self, No. 15 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota
Fun Fact: Two multi-car wrecks inside of 10 laps remaining sent the race into overtime that put Self in the lead for the final restart.
They Said It: “We survived man, we survived. We didn’t have brakes in the second half of the race, so in a couple of those wrecks I didn’t have a choice. I couldn’t slow down. I just kind of aimed it.” – Michael Self
DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger
Champion: Alex Bowman, No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet
Fun Fact: Bowman took the DAYTONA 500 pole in just his first fulltime year with Hendrick Motorsports in the car formerly driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
They Said It: “I think this is still a little surreal. Driving for Hendrick Motorsports … and to get to drive what I think is the best race car in the business.” – Alex Bowman
Advance Auto Parts Clash
Champion: Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford
Fun Fact: Keselowski won in a dominating last-to-first run over the course of the 75-lap event.
They Said It: “This year we got last [in the draw] so we said this will be the year we win it, and sure enough, here we are. It’s a great way to start the season.” – Brad Keselowski
Can-Am Duel 1
Champion: Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Peak Ford
Fun Fact: With a third place finish in race one, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. earned the No. 43 Chevrolet the first top 10 start for Petty Motorsports since 2006. Wallace was the first African-American driver in the DAYTONA 500 since Wendell Scott in 1969.
They Said It: “Our car was so fast. I thought we (Penske cars) were really able to control the whole race.” – Ryan Blaney
Can-Am Duel 2
Champion: Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
Fun Fact: Elliott started fourth in the 2018 DAYTONA 500 after winning the pole in 2016 and 2017.
They Said It: “We brought a lot of steam tonight.” – Chase Elliott
NextEra Energy Resources 250
Champion: Johnny Sauter, No. 21 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet
Fun Fact: The victory marked the third win in the season-opening event for Sauter, who also took the checkered flag in 2013 and 2016.
They Said It: “This is the most unbelievable superspeedway truck I’ve ever driven. I felt like we executed flawlessly.” – Johnny Sauter
PowerShares QQQ 300
Champion: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet
Fun Fact: After five “NASCAR Overtimes,” Reddick beat out JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler by an official margin of 0.000 seconds, the closest finish in NASCAR national series history.
They Said It: “This feels amazing. Helluva way to start the year off with JR Motorsports … and get my first win for JR Motorsports.” – Tyler Reddick
Champion: Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow Chevrolet
Fun Fact: An exhilarating last-lap pass by Dillon returned the No. 3 Chevrolet to Gatorade Victory Lane after 20 years.
They Said It: “It’s so awesome to take the No. 3 car back to victory lane. This one is for Dale Earnhardt and all those Earnhardt fans. We’re going to keep kicking butt for the rest of the year.” – Austin Dillon
Next up is the DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, kicks off the 77th Annual Bike Week March 10-17 at the “World Center of Racing.”
Call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit daytonainternationalspeedway.com for tickets and more information.
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