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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scores second Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection victory, successful wild Coke Zero 400

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scores second Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection victory, successful wild Coke Zero 400

The foremost story of Saturday evening’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s closing run at his beloved Daytona Worldwide Speedway within the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet – turned out to be a footnote to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s masterful victory in a battle of attrition that produced a race-record 14 cautions.

The driving force of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, who received his first Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection victory in his 158th profession begin two months in the past at Talladega, established himself as a restrictor-plate wizard along with his second straight superspeedway win, this one after three laps of additional time.

Stenhouse lined up behind race chief David Ragan for a restart on Lap 162, after a warning for a backstretch collision involving Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones slowed the motion for the 14th time and despatched the race to additional time.

Ragan pulled out to a two-car-length lead after the restart, however Stenhouse surged previous him close to the tip of the backstretch and guarded the highest spot the remainder of the best way. Clint Bowyer charged into the runner-up place on the end, beating third-place finisher Paul Menard to the stripe.

After the Talladega victory, Stenhouse talked crew proprietor Jack Roush into letting him preserve the successful automobile. So the No. 17 crew constructed one other superspeedway automobile that was simply as quick.

“I stored my Talladega automobile and informed them to construct a brand new one,” mentioned Stenhouse, who locked himself into the postseason playoff along with his second victory of the season. “They constructed a Fifth Third Ford that was actually quick…

“That is superior! I’ve been coming right here since 2008. I truly got here in 2006 one time with Bobby Hamilton Jr., and it’s cool to place it in Victory Lane and get our second win this 12 months. I find it irresistible! Thanks to the followers for popping out right here. Everybody at NASCAR. What an excellent weekend. America! 1776! We’re the champs!… This validates what we did at Talladega.”

A succession of multicar wrecks crippled or eradicated greater than a handful of contenders, probably the most notable of which was Earnhardt, the polesitter.

His second win got here in his 165th Cup begin. Picture by LAT Photographic

On Lap 52, Earnhardt felt his proper entrance tire shedding air however was trapped within the exterior lane. Inadvertent contact from Menard nudged the No. 88 into the skin wall close to the doorway to Flip 1, obliterating the highest third of the automobile quantity on the fitting facet.

Earnhardt misplaced two laps on pit highway however returned to the lead lap because the highest-scored lapped automobile after eventual seventh-place finisher Brendan Gaughan scraped the wall on Lap 90 to trigger the seventh warning. Earnhardt restarted 31st however drove as much as sixth earlier than Kevin Harvick blew a tire and spun in entrance of Earnhardt in Flip 2 on Lap 106.

In a wreck that concerned 5 vehicles and in addition eradicated the Ford of Stage 1 winner Brad Keselowski, Earnhardt hit Harvick’s Ford broadside, successfully ending the night for each drivers.

However that was only a prelude to the extreme motion that will comply with, as an unlikely forged of characters claimed positions within the prime 10. Michael McDowell got here dwelling fourth, scoring his first top-five in 230 Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection begins.

Ryan Newman was fifth, adopted by Ragan, Gaughan, AJ Allmendinger, Jones (whose No. 77 Toyota survived a succession of incidents) and Chris Buescher.

A second-place finisher at Sonoma final Sunday, Bowyer was already rising weary of the runner-up function.

“This bridesmaid deal sucks,” Bowyer mentioned. “I need to win. We’re on this enterprise to win. That’s what (homeowners) Tony (Stewart) and Gene (Haas) pay me to do. I’m pleased with everybody on the Mobil 1 Ford crew.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The Monster Vitality Cup Collection heads to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 subsequent Saturday evening. Picture by LAT Photographic

Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Collection Race – Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola

Daytona Worldwide Speedway

Daytona Seaside, Florida

Saturday, July 1, 2017

1. (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 163.

2. (11) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 163.

three. (24) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 163.

Four. (23) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 163.

5. (22) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 163.

6. (30) David Ragan, Ford, 163.

7. (32) * Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, 163.

eight. (27) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 163.

9. (17) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 163.

10. (29) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 163.

11. (36) Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 163.

12. (12) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 163.

13. (28) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 163.

14. (eight) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 163.

15. (31) Darrell Wallace Jr.(i), Ford, 163.

16. (34) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 163.

17. (20) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 163.

18. (Four) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 163.

19. (26) Landon Cassill, Ford, 163.

20. (16) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 163.

21. (33) * Elliott Sadler(i), Chevrolet, 163.

22. (2) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 162.

23. (14) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 160.

24. (18) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Accident, 157.

25. (10) Danica Patrick, Ford, Accident, 154.

26. (9) Ryan Blaney, Ford, Accident, 154.

27. (13) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Accident, 154.

28. (15) Kurt Busch, Ford, Accident, 153.

29. (21) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 153.

30. (37) * Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 147.

31. (three) Brad Keselowski, Ford, Accident, 113.

32. (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 106.

33. (5) Kevin Harvick, Ford, Accident, 105.

34. (25) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, Accident, 73.

35. (7) Joey Logano, Ford, Accident, 71.

36. (19) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 70.

37. (39) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, Engine, 57.

38. (40) DJ Kennington, Toyota, Engine, 14.

39. (35) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Engine, 9.

40. (38) * Ryan Sieg(i), Toyota, Engine, 7.

Common Pace of Race Winner: 123.986 mph.

Time of Race: three Hrs, 17 Minutes, 12 Secs. Margin of Victory: zero.213 Seconds.

Warning Flags: 14 for 51 laps.

Lead Adjustments: 33 amongst 16 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Earnhardt Jr. zero; C. Elliott 1-Four; B. Keselowski 5-28; Ok. Harvick 29-30; B. Keselowski 31-33; Ok. Harvick 34; B. Keselowski 35; D. Earnhardt Jr. 36; B. Keselowski 37-43; E. Jones # 44-47; D. Hamlin 48; E. Jones # 49-53; D. Hamlin 54-67; M. Kenseth 68-69; T. Bayne 70-71; M. Kenseth 72-78; D. Hamlin 79; M. Kenseth 80-81; Ok. Harvick 82-85; R. Stenhouse Jr. 86-91; D. Suarez # 92-101; M. Kenseth 102; J. Johnson 103-106; C. Bowyer 107-110; R. Stenhouse Jr. 111-117; M. Kenseth 118-126; R. Blaney 127-135; Ok. Kahne 136-137; D. Suarez # 138; Ok. Kahne 139-148; R. Stenhouse Jr. 149-150; T. Dillon # 151-157; D. Ragan 158-161; R. Stenhouse Jr. 162-163.

Leaders Abstract (Driver, Occasions Lead, Laps Led): B. Keselowski Four occasions for 35 laps; M. Kenseth 5 occasions for 21 laps; R. Stenhouse Jr. Four occasions for 17 laps; D. Hamlin three occasions for 16 laps; Ok. Kahne 2 occasions for 12 laps; D. Suarez # 2 occasions for 11 laps; R. Blaney 1 time for 9 laps; E. Jones # 2 occasions for 9 laps; Ok. Harvick three occasions for 7 laps; T. Dillon # 1 time for 7 laps; C. Bowyer 1 time for Four laps; C. Elliott 1 time for Four laps; D. Ragan 1 time for Four laps; J. Johnson 1 time for Four laps; T. Bayne 1 time for two laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 High Ten: 2,88,21,14,22,95,1,41,20,38

Stage #2 High Ten: 20,11,48,41,38,Four,5,13,43,21

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