Kurt Busch Makes Dramatic Last-Lap Pass To Win 2017 Daytona 500
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 15:42
Busch then grabbed the lead from Larson's Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and held off a charging Ryan Blaney's No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford to the finish line.
The race returned to green, and there was yet another wreck that collected Roush Fenway Racing drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and former Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne.
Last year, Truex lost in a photo finish to Denny Hamlin at the 2016 Daytona 500.
During his tenure at Dale Earnhardt Inc., Gibson served as a crew chief for Steve Park, Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. But whenever he retires as one of the greatest drivers this country has produced, the highlight of his years in stock cars will be a 16-car wreck - the circumstance that ended Kennington's debut at the Daytona 500.
Right up until go time. It wrecked us in practice and tore up a auto - a few cars actually were in that as well. The bodywork damage isn't that bad, but I don't know how long that takes to fix.
Busch's day turned in a hurry, however, when a blown tire caused a wreck that also took out Earnhardt, who had led for much of the second stage.
Along with Earnhardt, some of NASCAR's other big names were knocked out in three separate wrecks.
"These Goodyear tires aren't very good at holding air".
The win marked the first Daytona 500 win for the recently retired SHR co-owner Tony Stewart.
In doing so, he became Canada's first driver at the 500 in 29 years, and achieved something no Canadian had ever done before: qualify for Daytona with only one prior start in NASCAR's top-tier Cup Series.
After an orderly start to the Monster Nascar Cup season, the second half of the 200-lap race turned it into a wreckfest with multi-car pile up after pile up knocking out numerous favourites and former champions, including twice winners Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth. I cut back last week, but we've been racing this week and we're gonna stick to our schedule. So, you do a good job and you get lucky, both. "That's what I have that a lot of teams don't have - a group of guys that can just roll right on".
With Kyle and Junior out of the way, Kevin Harvick cruised to victory in the second stage, which was also 60 laps.
Prior to the start of the race, there was a lovely prayer, given by a local pastor, thanking God for a attractive day and asking that all the participants and fans stay safe.
In fact, last June, with Gibson serving a one-race suspension for a missing lug nut on Busch's No. 41 the week before at Charlotte, the team's lead engineer, Johnny Klausmeier, stepped in and led Busch to a victory at Pocono Raceway. It's just part of racing here at Daytona.
After Elliott dropped back, Larson went to the lead but he, too, fell out because of an empty tank.