Everyone Runs Out Of Gas, Kurt Busch Wins Daytona 500
- Author: Arturo Norris Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 22:20
Even fuel - which was one of the keys to Kurt Busch's win in Sunday's Daytona 500: he had a little bit left in reserve in his tank.
He becomes the first Canadian to make the Daytona 500 since 1988, when Trevor Boys of Calgary qualified for the fifth and final time in his career.
But now, coming to Daytona as a driver, unsure of when he will return to NASCAR's premier division, the pressure is on for the Virginia native. Earnhardt's star power has been one of the bright spots of Speedweeks and his strength on the track has been obvious every time he's behind the wheel of his Chevrolet.
With 57 laps to go, pole-sitter Chase Elliott was the second vehicle in the top lane, running fourth behind teammate Kasey Kahne.
Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick won the first two stages of the race under the new rules system put in place by NASCAR this season.
How does defending Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin, or any driver, strategize on one of the most famous pieces of asphalt in racing? Keselowski won two plate races previous year, including the July race at Daytona, while Penske teammate Joey Logano won the Talladega fall race, giving Penske wins in three of the four races. Kenseth claimed two wins (at Kansas Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway), 19 top-10 finishes and led 948 laps during the 2016 season.
Kurt Busch took his first 500 victory during Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, but finishing the race at all arguably was just as impressive a feat.
The National Association for Stock Card Auto Racing (NASCAR) held it's Daytona 500 event on Sunday, which gave Tony Stewart his first win as a team co-owner rather than as a stock vehicle racer, according to USA Today.
According to FOX Sports, ratings for the 2017 Daytona 500 were up 7% over past year, a positive sign as the season gets underway.
Jeff Gordon is now a television analyst and will drive the pace auto on Sunday.
Already signed to move to another top team Penske Racing in 2006, Roush management said that they would not be apologists for the volatile driver.
Daytona likely won't be the only time the rookies will make mistakes, but it was a sobering season opener for the heralded class.
In 2004, 8 million people tuned in to NASCAR's Sprint Cup series.
Forget Sprint Cup and the Chase for the Championship; it's now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and "the playoffs". He's posted 14 of those wins in four seasons at JGR, following a 13-year career at Roush Fenway Racing.
The Patriots took their first lead in the Super Bowl when James White stretched the ball into the end zone in overtime to claim the Lombardi Trophy. Chris Buescher won a fog-shortened race at Pocono previous year, but that was more luck than skill. This was after Busch started on the fourth row, in the eighth position. Instead, Kennington slipped past Sadler on the final lap and beat him to the line by four-hundredths of a second. Busch said at this morning's Daytona 500 Champions Breakfast. He won't play it so safe in the Daytona 500, and if he simply survives to the finish, he is going to score a chunk of points through place differential. Bill Elliott won the race from the pole twice (1985, 87).
The same thing happened for Kurt Busch at Daytona International Speedway. The Duels will determine who starts in the third through 40th positions in Sunday's DAYTONA 500.
Elliott, Joey Gase, Brendan Gaughan then tangled on the backstretch on Lap 149. The highest finisher in each Duel among the Open teams will make the Daytona 500. Earnhardt said. "I'm 42 years old".
Despite the obvious disappointment from Sunday's finish, Elliott's future appears bright. But Elliott ran out of fuel with three laps remaining, and Kyle Larson ran out of gas two laps later after taking the lead from Elliott. In last year's Daytona 500, both Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun in Turn 4.