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William Byron Wins Crash-Fest at Daytona

Second Career Xfinity Series Victory
Saturday, July 1, 2017

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William Byron win his second-career NASCAR Xfinity Series race
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In a wild race that ended more than 21 hours after it started, William Byron won his second NASCAR XFINITY Series event in seven days, taking the checkered flag in overtime in Saturday’s weather-delayed Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Byron took the lead from Joey Logano on Lap 98 of a scheduled 100, when off-center contact from Byron’s front bumper sent Logano’s No. 22 Ford plowing through the infield grass below the backstretch.

"I was just trying to push him to make it a two-man race," Byron said after doubling up on his victory last week at Iowa Speedway. "There was some room, and I got him a little squirrely."

Byron picked up his first win at the 2.5-mile superspeedway and the second of his career, two weeks after finishing second to Denny Hamlin by .012 seconds at Michigan.

The race, which started on Friday night but was postponed after 11 laps, ended under caution when NASCAR threw the yellow flag for a wreck on the backstretch after Byron had crossed the overtime line. The 19-year-old driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet led JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler to the checkered flag.

In between the Friday start and the Saturday finish were three red-flag periods – the first of more than 16 hours for the rain delay, a second of 2 hours 29 minutes for lightning and rain and a third to clean up a late wreck.

Dakoda Armstrong ran a career-best third, bettering his fifth-place finish last Saturday at Iowa. Jeb Burton and David Starr set career highs as well, with finishes of fourth and fifth, respectively.

William Byron (9) takes the checkered flag under caution at Daytona
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Logano’s trip through the grass didn’t necessitate a caution, but a massive 18-car wreck on the backstretch brought out the eighth yellow on Lap 99 and forced the overtime. With a push from Sadler, Byron surged to the front after a restart on lap 103 and held the spot until NASCAR called the final caution for the wreck on the backstretch.

Sadler’s push of his teammate was a planned move.

"He and I talked for a long time during qualifying (on Friday) about what we would do on a restart," Sadler said. "He nailed it."

Sadler, 42, continues to be impressed by a teammate less than half his age.

"William Byron is the real deal," Sadler said. "He knows where the edge is with his car, and he keeps it in one piece."

Byron led a race-high 29 laps.

"We've had a great last three weeks," he said. "I think, as a team, we're getting more and more confident."

RACE RESULTS

Pos.#DriverMakeStartLapsLedStatusPointsPlayoff Points
19William ByronChevy310429Running4911
21Elliott SadlerChevy71047Running514
328Dakoda ArmstrongToyota211040Running420
424Jeb BurtonToyota171040Running360
599David StarrChevy331040Running320
648Brennan PooleChevy110413Running430
722Joey LoganoFord101046Running00
852Joey GaseChevy341040Running290
962Brendan GaughanChevy91040Running281
1078BJ McLeodToyota311040Running270
1107Ray Black JrChevy301040Running260
1214JJ YeleyToyota371040Running250
1326Scott Lagasse JrToyota241040Running240
1451Jeremy ClementsChevy381040Running230
152Ben KennedyChevy21044Running330
1640Timmy HillDodge361040Running210
1719Matt TifftToyota61040Running250
1833Brandon JonesChevy161041Running220
198Jeff GreenToyota401040Running180
203Ty DillonChevy1510413Running00
2100Cole CusterFord191040Running160
2274Mike HarmonDodge351040Running150
2323Spencer GallagherChevy221040Running150
2420Erik JonesToyota141040Running00
2525Chris CockrumChevy291040Running120
264Ross ChastainChevy201040Running110
2742Tyler ReddickChevy131030Accident170
280Garrett SmithleyChevy271020Accident90
2913Mark ThompsonToyota391020Accident80
307Justin AllgaierChevy251002Accident77
3116Ryan ReedFord121000Accident65
3221Daniel HemricChevy5990Accident121
335Michael AnnettChevy11980Accident90
3498Casey MearsFord23980Accident70
3539Ryan SiegChevy18980Accident20
3601Harrison RhodesChevy26940Rear Gear10
3790Brandon BrownChevy28500Accident10
3811Blake KochChevy45028Accident111
3918Daniel SuarezToyota8501Accident00
4092Josh WilliamsChevy32500Accident10


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