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Chase Elliott outduels Joey Logano for XFINITY win at Daytona

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Feb. 20, 2016
By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The finish of Saturday’s Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway left winner Chase Elliott out of gas on the cool-down lap and runner-up Joey Logano pounding his steering wheel in frustration.

But it was the high-speed chess game seconds before the first and second-place cars crossed the finish line that made all the difference.

Fearing he wouldn’t get help from Kasey Kahne, Elliott’s JR Motorsports teammate, Logano pushed Elliott clear of the pack on the final lap, hoping to make a move to the outside as the cars sped off Turn 4.

But when Logano went high, Elliott moved to his right, and repeated contact between Elliott’s No. 88 Chevrolet and Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford—hard enough to pound a deep dent into Elliott’s right rear quarter panel—broke Logano’s momentum and allowed the No. 88 to cross the stripe .043 seconds ahead of the No. 22.

“He blocked it—I got there a little bit late,” Logano acknowledged. “And then I got hooked on his right rear, and that’s what killed my momentum… That contact just stopped

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Darrell Wallace Jr, driver of the #6 Selfeo Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace Jr, driver of the #6 Selfeo Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

my car.”

So the pole winner for Sunday’s Daytona 500 (on FOX at 1 p.m. ET) beat the winner of the 2015 Daytona 500 by a small fraction of a second, and Logano was runner-up for the third time during Speedweeks, having run second to Denny Hamlin in last Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited and second to JR Motorsports co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Thursday’s first Can-Am Duel. 

Kasey Kahne finished third and XFINITY regular Elliott Sadler fourth in the season opener, as JR Motorsports grabbed three of the top four positions. Austin Dillon ran fifth, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. and rookie Brandon Jones.

“That was a heck of a battle, man,” said Elliott, who survived early contact during a six-car incident on Lap 13 and rallied to win his first XFINITY race at Daytona and the fifth of his career. “I had such a great car, and we just found ourselves in the right place at the right time.

“Luckily we just barely had enough to get in front of Joey there.”

Elliott duly impressed his car owner, an acknowledged superstar when it comes to restrictor-plate racing.

“Chase obviously did what he had to do there at the end of the race,” Earnhardt said. “I thought that was very gutsy to be able to really put such an aggressive block on the 22… He did what he had to do to keep the guy behind him, and it won him the

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Chase Elliott, driver of the #88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, celebrates winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, celebrates winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

race. 

“I’m proud of Chase. It’s such a cool thing to be a part of his career. He’s going to do some amazing stuff in his career, and it’s awesome to be a little part of it.”

After Ray Black Jr. stalled on the backstretch to cause the fourth caution of the race on Lap 102 of 120, ending a 76-lap green-flag run, Logano led the field to green on Lap 108 with Elliott beside him. While Sadler pushed Elliott to the lead, Logano got hung out of line and drifted back.

Forced to fight back to the front over the final 11 laps, Logano got a strong push in the outside lane from Kahne, who in turn was getting a strong push from Dillon. Logano didn’t get back to the front until the final lap, when he opted to push Elliott and tried to make a last-ditch move. 

“It’s three races and three seconds, and I guess it is nothing to hold your head down about, but, gosh, when you see the lead that many times and are that close to winning and don’t pull it off, it’s frustrating,” Logano said.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – PowerShares QQQ 300
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Saturday, February 20, 2016

               1. (19) Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 120

               2. (8) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 120

               3. (15) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 120

               4. (10) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 120

               5. (4) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 120

               6. (12) Darrell Wallace Jr, Ford, 120

               7. (7) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 120

               8. (2) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 120

               9. (9) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 120

               10. (6) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 120

               11. (24) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 120

               12. (16) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 120

               13. (1) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 120

               14. (18) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 120

               15. (37) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 119

               16. (11) Ryan Reed, Ford, 119

               17. (14) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 119

               18. (23) David Starr, Toyota, 119

               19. (28) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 119

               20. (25) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 119

               21. (20) Matt Tifft(i), Toyota, 119

               22. (36) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 118

               23. (3) Bobby Labonte(i), Toyota, 118

               24. (38) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 118

               25. (21) Jeb Burton, Ford, 118

               26. (29) Anthony Kumpen, Chevrolet, 118

               27. (13) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 117

               28. (35) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 117

               29. (30) Scott Lagasse Jr, Chevrolet, 117

               30. (33) Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 117

               31. (5) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 115

               32. (39) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 114

               33. (32) Ray Black Jr #, Chevrolet, 114

               34. (17) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 111

               35. (22) Benny Gordon, Toyota, Transmission, 103

               36. (26) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 59

               37. (40) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Transmission, 50

               38. (34) Martin Roy, Chevrolet, Accident, 22

               39. (27) Bobby Gerhart, Chevrolet, Accident, 6

               40. (31) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, Accident, 5 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  151.176 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 59 Mins, 04 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.043 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 17 laps.

Lead Changes:  19 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Dillon 0; A. Dillon(i) 1-2; J. Logano(i) 3-14; C. Elliott(i) 15-18; B. Gaughan 19; A. Dillon(i) 20-21; B. Gaughan 22-26; K. Kahne(i) 27; A. Dillon(i) 28; T. Dillon 29-30; K. Kahne(i) 31-56; J. Nemechek(i) 57-58; A. Almirola(i) 59-67; B. Gaughan 68-70; K. Kahne(i) 71-73; J. Logano(i) 74-95; C. Elliott(i) 96; E. Sadler 97-100; J. Logano(i) 101-106; C. Elliott(i) 107-120.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Logano(i) 3 times for 40 laps; K. Kahne(i) 3 times for 30 laps; C. Elliott(i) 3 times for 19 laps; A. Almirola(i) 1 time for 9 laps; B. Gaughan 3 times for 9 laps; A. Dillon(i) 3 times for 5 laps; E. Sadler 1 time for 4 laps; T. Dillon 1 time for 2 laps; J. Nemechek(i) 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler – 38; D. Wallace Jr – 35; B. Jones # – 34; D. Suarez – 33; B. Koch – 32; B. Gaughan – 32; J. Allgaier – 29; T. Dillon – 29; D. Armstrong – 27; J. Clements – 26.

BK Racing Goes Four for Four

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 20, 2016) – Beginning this season NASCAR reduced the starting field, by three, to 40 cars which created added pressure for many teams. For BK Racing, the chore of qualifying doubled.
Typically a two-car team, BK Racing added two entries just weeks before Sunday’s Great American Race, the Daytona 500.
Based on NASCAR’s new Charter system, BK Racing had automatically secured spots for the cars of David Ragan and Michael Waltrip, driving the Nos. 23 and 83 respectively. That forced both Matt DiBenedetto and Robert Richardson Jr. to have to earn their spots on NASCAR’s premier event.
Rewind.
At the conclusion of the 2015 season, owner Ron Devine made a promise to his team that 2016 would start a new era for BK Racing. Fortifying that, Devine purchased cars and equipment from Michael Waltrip Racing. In addition, many key MWR team members joined the origination giving stronger resources towards Devine’s promise. Subsequently, Matt DiBenedetto and Robert Richardson Jr. executed strong performances in the Can-Am Duels to lock themselves into the Daytona 500.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14:  David Ragan, driver of the #23 Dr Pepper Toyota, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
David Ragan, driver of the #23 Dr Pepper Toyota, (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

David Ragan – No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry

David Ragan will make his ninth Daytona 500 appearance starting from the 29th position.
“The 500 is a long race that requires a lot of mental toughness,” Ragan said. “There is not one perfect strategy to win. The driver, crew chief, and spotter all have to make decisions on the fly and hope they are right.”
Robert Richardson Jr. – No. 26 Stalk It Toyota Camry

during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Robert Richardson Jr. #26 Stalk It Toyota (Getty Images Photo)
 
Robert Richardson Jr. is quite literally an 11th-hour deal that was put together between Richardson’s sponsor Stalk It and the team. Richardson will start the Daytona 500 from the 40th position as the last car to transfer into the race.
“I’m very, very honored to be a part of BK Racing, having another opportunity to run here at the Daytona 500,” he said. “I’ve been in it once before, but this one is very, very special to me. My wife and I welcomed our brand-new baby boy who was born in early December.  Every bit of earnings we get from this race is going to go into a college fund for him.”
during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Michael Waltrip #83 Maxwell House Toyota Camry (Getty Images Photo)

Michael Waltrip – No. 83 Maxwell House Toyota Camry

After showing speed early in the Cam-Am Duel, Waltrip didn’t have the finish he wanted, as he made an extra trip down pit road under green flag conditions, going a lap down. As a result, he finished 20th.
The two-time Daytona 500 Champion will roll off from the 36th starting position in his 29th appearance at the Great American Race.
Matt DiBenedetto – No. 93 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry

during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Matt DiBenedetto #93 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry (Getty Images Photo)
By virtue of a strong qualifying effort, DiBenedetto was able to lock himself in based on his qualifying speed. This is DiBenedetto’s maiden voyage in the Great American Race.
“Being able to race in my first Daytona 500 this weekend is going to be a heck of an honor,” DiBenedetto said. “I’ve dreamed of it since I was five, so I’m excited.”
DiBenedetto’s No. 93 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry will roll off from the 20th starting position.
While this is the first weekend of the 36-race schedule, BK Racing is poised to set a strong foundation and make good on Devine’s promise.

Tommy Baldwin Racing Driver Regan Smith: Daytona 500 Notes.

Regan Smith
No. 7 Nikko RC/ Golden Corral Chevrolet
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona 500 | February 21, 2016
Starting Position: 27th 
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 16: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Regan Smith poses for a portrait during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Regan Smith (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)

New Beginnings: Just a few weeks ago, Regan and Tommy Baldwin took advantage of each others opportunities and put together a deal. 2016 marks the start of TBR’s eighth season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Baldwin: “This is probably the most excited our team has been heading into a season. We’ve put together some great people in place during the off-season and having Regan -a proven race winner – driving for us, puts the polish on our program. We’re ready for Sunday.”
Race with Regan: On Saturday, Smith will be visiting the Fanatics Trackside Superstore (10:00 a.m.) with sponsors Nikko RC and Toy State to demonstrate the use of their Nikko RC cars.
Making a Difference: Friday morning, Smith visited children at Halifax Health’s Speediatrics Unit. The hospital’s pediatric wing is designed to ease the experience for ill or injured children with its motorsports-themed décor. For photos from the visit, click here.
Smith: Our goal on Thursday night was to have our primary car on the grid for the 500, and we accomplished that. We’ve learn some things that we can apply Sunday and I think we’ve got a solid car. If we make good decisions all day, well set up for the end and see what we’ve got. I’m ready to get this season going.”
Tune In: Want to watch Regan Smith and the No. 7 Nikko RC/Golden Corral Chevrolet in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway? Race coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Coverage can also be heard on MRN affiliates and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90. The green flag is scheduled for 1:31 p.m. ET.
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