On Friday night the Camping World Truck Series got the racing season started off with a high speed high flying race.
On Saturday afternoon the Xfinity series is looking to keep the excitement going at the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway with the PowerShares QQQ 300.
While they cannot earn points toward the championship, some Sprint Cup drivers run the Xfinity races for the fun of racing and to get more information about track conditions in a racing environment.
The NCW Truck Series had the 20 minute caution clock…there is no clcok for the Xfinity cars; just flat out racing.
The starting line up for the PowerShares QQQ 300 is:
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.
John Wes Townley
Scott Lagasse Jr.
Ray Black Jr
New this season for the Xfinity series is the “race for the chase” where the drivers will have an opportunity to run for the championship in a format similar to that of the Sprint Cup series.
Temperatures are the hottest they have been for drivers all week long, with air temps in the upper 70s.
Ty Dillon with his older brother Austin behind him leads the field down to the green flag to start the race.
On lap two Sprint Cup veteran Joey Logano takes over the lead of the race.
On lap five Bobby Gerhart and Ryan Preece brings out the first caution flag of the race. Several drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.
Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 10.
The second caution flag of the race comes out after a wreck on lap 13. Jeb Burton went sliding through the grass, Brandon Jones, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Larson, Brennan Poole, and Erik Jones were also involved the the wreck. Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.
Former Xfinity champion Chase Elliott brings the field down to the green flag restart on lap 18. Elliott and Aric Almirola begin swapping the lead of the race; and on lap 19 Ty Dillon joins the fray and takes over the lead of the race.
On lap 20 big brother Austin Dillon takes over the lead from Ty.
On lap 22 Brendan Gaughan takes over the lead of the race.
Martin Roy brings out the third caution flag of the race on lap 22 after cutting a tire and hitting the wall. Jeb Burton gets the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap. Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service…including fresh tires.
Brandon Gaughn leads the field down to the green flag restart on lap 27; but it doesn’t take long for Austin Dillion to take over the top spot.
On lap 29 little brother Ty takes over the lead from Austin Dillon.
Kyle Larson’s car is smoking with a tire rub on lap 30; he is in the middle of the pack. Larson finally gets his car doen to pit road.
Kasey Kahne takes the lead on lap 31.
Gerhart and Preece become the first drivers out of the race.
On lap 57 the drivers come down pit road for a green flag pit stop.
Benny Gordon, Chris Cockrum, and David Starr were caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty – come down pit road at pit road speed without stopping.
Scott Lagasse was penalized for driving through too many pit boxes on pit road – drivers are allowed to drive through only one pit box on the way to their own.
At the halfway point of the race Aric Almirola is leading the race, there are 29 cars on the lead lap, and three cars out of the race with one more off the track and in the garage.
After pit stops have cycled through, Kasey Kahne takes over the lead of the race on lap 71.
On lap 74 Joey Logano takes over the lead of the race.
With 38 laps remaining in the race, there are only 18 cars on the lead lap.
With 26 laps remaining in the race, the drivers make the final green flag pit stops. Many of the drivers took fuel only.
Justin Allgaier was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.
After the pit stops have cycled through Elliott Sadler takes over the lead of the race.
The fourth caution flag of the race comes out when Ray Black Jr stalls on the backstretch.
Even though they have been on pit road recently, a few of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.
Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 13 laps to go, but Chase Elliott quickly takes over the lead of the race.
With seven laps remaining in the race, the outside line is moving closer to the leaders on the inside.
White flag lap, Chase Elliott is in the lead with team mate Elliott Sadler in second and the outside line has caught up to the leaders on the inside line.
Chase Elliott takes the win in the Jr Motorsports owned 88 car. On Sunday Chase Elliot will sit on the pole for the Daytona 500 with Dale Earnhardt Jr in his favourite 88 car “Amelia” will start third.
The unofficial results for the PowerShares QQQ 300:
John Wes Townley
Scott Lagasse Jr
Ray Black Jr
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