It’s race two of the Daytona triple header when the Xfinity Series drivers take to the track for the PowerShares QQQ 300.
Brandon Jones won the pole in qualifying earlier in the day and will bring the field to the green flag.
The starting lineup for the PowerShares QQQ 300 is:
Darrell Wallace Jr
Scott Lagasse Jr
Ray Black Jr
Austin Dillon’s team was caught illegally cleaning the sidewalls of their tires and was penalized by NASCAR; they have lost a set of tires. The teams only get four sets of tires for the race.
Stages one and two will last for 30 laps with stage three lasting 60 laps and caution laps count.
Elliott Sadler is reporting air conditionin issues.
In his first career pole Brandan Jones brings the field down for the green flag and the start of the race. He initially has the lead of the race but loses it first to Brennen Poole and then to Ryan Reed.
On lap two Brad Keselowski makes four leaders when he takes the lead of the race. NASCAR only scores leaders as they pass the start/finish line.
The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap four for fluid on the track. Jeff Green comes down pit road.
Brad Keselowski brngs the fied down for the green flag restart on lap nine. Kasey Kahne takes the lead of the race. Benny Grodon hits the wall but the track stays green.
Before the lap is completed Keselowski retakes the lead of the race.
Benny Gordon comes down pit road and is on the five minute clock. Drivers can no long take their cars to the garage for repairs, they have only five minutes on pit road to make repairs nad obtain the minimum speed on the track. Once minimum speed is achieved, the five minute clock resets.
Kasey Kahen passes Keselowski to take the lead of the race on lap eleven.
Lap 12 Elliott Sadler takes over the lead of the race.
Eleven laps down, David Starr is out of the race.
Lap 16 Elliott Sadler continues to lead the field and has a lead of just over a tenth of a second over Brandon Jones.
Brandon Hightower brings out the second caution flag of the race on lap 18. Jeff Green is the “lucky dog” and gets one of his laps back after early trouble put him two laps down. Once pit road is open some of the drivers come down pit road for service. Rookie drivers Matt Tifft and William Byron had trouble getting their cars in the pit box and landed too close to the wall.
Choosing the outside lane, Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 23 and holds on to the lead of the race.
The third caution flag comes out on lap 23 with several cars involved in a crash. Any driver who cannot drive their car back to pit road is out of the race. Tyler Reddick, Jeremy Clements, Austin Dillon, Spencer Gallagher, Cole Custer, Garrett Smithley, Michael Anett, Ray Black Jr, Jeff Green, William Byron, Blake Koch, JJ Yeley, Ryan Reed, Ryan Sieg, Anthony Kumpen, Clint King, Aric Almirola, and Brad Keselowski were all involved in the wreck.
NASCAR has displayed the red flag to stop the race while they get the track cleaned up. Red flag conditions mean that teams cannot touch the cars. Any driver on the five minute clock have had their time paused until the caution flage comes back out when the will resume.
Cole Custer and Spencer Gallagher are out of the race after the crash with 16 drivers on the five minute clock.
Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 28 and holds on to the lead.
Two laps before the end of the stage NASCAR closes pit road.
All 16 drivers who were on the five minute clock made minimum speed.
The second big one came on lap 29 when Daniel Hemric made contact with Justin Allgaier, bringing out the fourth caution of the race; just before the end of the segment. Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier, Erik Jones, Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Darrell Wallace Jr were all involved in the wreck. All of the drivers have dropped their window net, a signal to the medical workers that they do not need assistance.
Of the 40 drivers who have started the race only 13 of them have not been involved in a crash.
NASCAR has once again red flagged the race.
The yellow flag has been displayed and with that Elliott Sadler becomes the first winner in stage one. He will earn 10 championship points and one playoff point.
At the end of stage one Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Erik Jones Darrell Wallace Jr, Daniel Suarez, Jeremy Clements, Clint King, Spencer Gallagher, Cole Custer, and Jeff Gree are all out of the race with crash damage. David Starr is also out of the race.
Some of the drivers make pit stops for fresh tires and fuel.
Brendan Gaughan brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 35 and holds on to the lead.
On lap 36 rookie William Byron takes the lead of the race.
Lap 37 Brendan Gaughan and William Byron swap for the lead with Gaughan holding on to lead the lap.
Benny Gordon comes down pit road with a cut tire and brings out the fifth caution flag of the day. Tyler Reddick is the “lucky dog”. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.
Benny Gordon takes his car to the garage and is out of the race.
Brendan Gaughan chooses the outside lane to bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 43.
Lap 48 Elliott Sadler takes over the lead of the race.
After Goodyear officials checked over a set of Austin Dillon’s tires and deemed them unsafe, NASCAR awarded Dillon’s team with a new set of tires. Before qualifying Dillon’s team had a set of tires taken away after NASCAR said that they were illegally cleaning the sidewalls of a set of tires.
William Byron has to bring his car down pit road with car issues on lap 51. The team reports Byron’s car has a dead battery.
Pit road is closed on lap 58 as the drivers approach the end of segment two.
On lap 59 Brad Keselowski and Brennen Poole make contact and bring out the sixth caution flag. NASCAR crews are working on the fence.
Elliott Sadler again wins the segment under caution and earns another 10 championship points and another playoff point
Drivers come down pit road on lap 62 for service.
Elliott Sadler wins the race off of pit road. Ross Chastain’s team is penalized for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.
Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 66. William Byron is the “lucky dog” and gets one of his laps back.
On lap 67 Austin Dillon takes over the lead of the race. The seventh caution flag comes out for debris on the track – a trie carcass.
Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 72 and holds off Elliott Sadler to keep the lead.
On lap 74 Elliott challenges Austin Dillon for the lead but Dillon holds on for the lead.
Lap 76 Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon swap the lead with Austin out in front when the eighth caution flag comes out for a flat tire on Matt Tifft’s car. Scott Lagasse Jr is the “lucky dog”.
Within their fuel window, the drivers come down pit road to top off the tank.
Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart with 39 laps to go in the race.
With 37 laps to go Brad Keselowski takes over the lead of the race.
With 36 laps to go Ryan Reed and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead with Keselowski coming out in first.
With 35 laps remaining in the race only 25 of the original 40 cars are still on the track.
With 34 laps to go, Austin Dillon passes Keselowski for the lead.
On lap 90 Ryan Reed takes the lead but Dillon takes it back on lap 91.
Lap 100 Brad Keselowski has taken the lead of the race. Elliott Sadler takes over the lead of the race from Keselowski.
Aric Almirola is reporting issues with his car. Brad Keselowski has some trash on his grille.
Lap 103 Kasey Kahne is in the lead.
The ninth caution of the race comes out with the third “big one” of the race after Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon make contact. Matt Tifft was the “lucky dog”.
Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Ray Black Jr, Ryan Sieg, and Ryan Reed were all involved in the wreck.
William Byron went on an off road excursion through the grass to avoid the crash.
Elliott Sadler cannot make minimum speed and is out of the race.
Kasey Kahne brings the field down for the green flag restart with eleven laps remaining in the race and holds on to the lead of the race.
With 10 laps remaining in the race there are 23 cars remaining on the track.
Lap 111 Ryan Reed takes over the lead of the race.
With six laps to go Kasey Kahne retakes the lead.
With four to go, Ryan Reed takes the lead.
Ray Black Jr spins out bringing out the tenth caution flag of the race. William Byron also makes another trip to through the grass.
After two red flags and 10 caution flags, the race will end in overtime.
In the first overtime attempt Ryan Reed brings the field down for the green flag restart. Ty Dillon is out of fuel. Austin Dilon is pushing leader Ryan Reed.
The overtime is valid and Ryan Reed takes the white flag.
Ryan Reed gets the win as cars crash behind him. Reed gets his second career win – both of them at Daytona.
Ryan Reed is a unique NASCAR story – he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 16 and told that he would never be able to race again.
The unofficial results for the PowerShares QQQ 300 is:
Scott Lagasse Jr
Ray Black Jr
Darrell Wallace Jr
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