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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 Race Page

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - Daytona International Speedway
2:30pm/et
POSTPONED TO MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 - 4:00pm/et
Green flag: Approx 3:18pm/et
Laps: 200 - Stages: 65/130/200
TV: FOX -  Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

Race Specific News

Weekend on-track schedule

For the complete at-track schedule click here.

Times are Eastern Standard.

Saturday, February 8
1:35 PM-2:25 PM NCS 1ST PRACTICE
TV: FS1
3:00 PM-3:50 PM NCS 2ND PRACTICE
TV: FS1

Sunday, February 9
12:30 PM NCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / ONE LAP ALL POSITIONS)
TV: FOX

Thursday, February 13
7:00 PM NCS 1ST QUALIFYING RACE (60 LAPS, 150 MILES)
8:45 PMApprox NCS 2ND QUALIFYING RACE (60 LAPS, 150 MILES)
TV: FS1

Friday, February 14
5:05 PM-5:55 PM NCS 3RD PRACTICE
TV: FS1

Saturday, February 15
12:30 PM-1:20 PM NCS FINAL PRACTICE
TV: FS1

Sunday, February 16
2:30 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 60/120/200 LAPS = 500 MILES )
TV: FOX

Monday, February 17 (REVISED)
1:30 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
4:00 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 65/130/200 LAPS = 500 MILES )


Race Rundown

Denny Hamlin edges Ryan Blaney in Daytona 500; Ryan Newman hospitalized after wreck: With the car of Ryan Newman sliding upside-down trailing sparks behind him, Denny Hamlin joined elite company on Monday night in the second-closest finish in Daytona 500 history. Hamlin beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line at Daytona International Speedway by .014 seconds, and while the driver of the No. 11 celebrated with a burnout on the infield grass, the emergency crew worked to extricate Newman from his No. 6 Ford, which came to rest on its roof at the end of the tri-oval.[Complete Story]

Daytona 500 Paint Schemes

#11-Denny Hamlin won the rain-postponed Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway Monday evening on the second overtime attempt. The win is his 3rd Daytona 500 win and 38th career win.
#12-Blaney finished 2nd followed by #17-Buescher, #36-Ragan, #4-Harvick, #14-Bowyer, #62-Gaughan, #32-LaJoie, #6-Newman, and #42-Larson.
Coming to the checkered flag, #6-Newman was leading the race but got bumped in the rear by #12-Blaney. Newman shot into the outside wall and flipped upside down.  His car was then hit full force by #32-LaJoie, sending the #6 down the track on its roof.
The biggest accident of the race came with 16 laps remaining when #22-Logano appeared to push #10-Almirola into the rear of #2-Keselowski and send him spinning. According to NASCAR, 19 cars were involved in some fashion. There was a 12 minute red flag for track cleanup.
The race went into overtime after a caution with two laps remaining that collected 8 cars and forced a 10 minute red flag.
During the first overtime attempt, contact between #16-Haley, #14-Boywer and #34-McDowell brought the caution out leading to the final restart.
Pole winner #47-Stenhouse, Jr. finished 20. He was penalized with 40 laps remaining for passing below the double yellow line. He fell back in the pack and then was rear-ended by #20 Jones while heading to the pits with under 30 laps to go.
Stage 1 was won by #9-Elliott. Stage 2 was won by #11-Hamlin.
There were 23 lead changes among 13 drivers and 9 cautions for 39 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 141.11mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Daytona
Denny Hamlin won the 62nd Annual DAYTONA 500, his 38th victory in 508 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his third DAYTONA 500 victory and 10th top-10 finish in 30 races at Daytona International Speedway – he is now tied with Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon for third-most DAYTONA 500 wins all-time.
Ryan Blaney (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 11 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2020.
Chris Buescher (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Daytona International Speedway.
John Hunter Nemechek (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s four times – Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84), Sterling Marlin (1994-95), Denny Hamlin (2019-20).
(NASCAR)(2-16-2020)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Daytona:
1) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 50 pts
2) #12-Ryan Blaney, 43
3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 39
4) #17-Chris Buescher, 38
5) #6-Ryan Newman, 36
6) #42-Kyle Larson, 35
7) #9-Chase Elliott, 34
8) #36-David Ragan, 33
9) #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 32
10) #10-Aric Almirola, 32
11) #14-Clint Bowyer, 31
12) #3-Austin Dillon, 30
13) #22-Joey Logano, 30
14) #32-Corey LaJoie, 29
15) #43-Bubba Wallace, 28
16) #38-John Hunter Nemechek, 26
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Rain pushes completion of Daytona 500 to Monday afternoon: Rain stopped the Daytona 500 after 20 laps of a scheduled 200 Sunday afternoon, forcing postponement of the Great American Race until Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were the centerpiece of pre-race festivities. After addressing the crowd, President Trump gave the command to start engines and paced the field for a lap before returning to the Daytona 500 Club.[Complete Story]

Because of inclement weather, the remainder of today’s Daytona 500 has been postponed until tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET, live on FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.(NASCAR)(2-16-2020)

Cars to the rear: #12-Blaney (backup car), #32-LaJoie (backup car), #13-Dillon (gear change), #52-McLeod (transmission), #15-Poole (engine), #11-Hamlin (failed pre-race inspection 2x), #95-Bell (unapproved adjustments)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #47-Stenhouse, Jr. chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #88-Bowman took the 19th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was chosen by #22-Logano, who starts 3rd.
See all pit choices on the Pit Stall chart.(2-14-2020)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#22-Logano 200.517
#4-Harvick 200.512
#2-Keselowski 200.499
#14-Bowyer 200.468
#41-Custer 200.416
Slowest: #52-McLeod 184.570
Most laps run: #14-Bowyer, 23 laps
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 10 drivers): #14-Bowyer 199.332mph
Notes: No Toyotas practiced during the session.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(2-15-2020)

The third practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#24-Byron 204.587
#37-Preece 204.096
#9-Elliott 203.869
#13-Dillon 203.422
#8-Reddick 202.922
Slowest: #32-LaJoie 183.846mph
Most laps run: #9-Elliott, 32 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 25 drivers): #19-Truex, Jr. 200.195mph.
Notes: The top 23 drivers all exceeded 200 mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Third Practice speeds page (pdf).(2-14-2020)

Daytona 500 starting lineup set: With the completion of the Bluegreen Vacations Duel races at Daytona International Speedway, the starting lineup is now set for the Daytona 500.
#47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. starts on the pole with #88-Bowman outside.
The rest of the top 10: #22-Logano, #24-Byron, #10-Almirola, #48-Johnson, #6-Newman, #42-Larson, #2-Keselowski, and #4-Harvick.
Drivers that did not qualify: #49-Finchum, #54-Yeley, and #96 Suarez.
See the complete Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

#24-William Byron won the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
#48-Johnson finished second, followed by #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #41-Custer, #20-Jones, #21-DiBenedetto, #1-Busch, #77-Chastain, and #8-Reddick.
Open drivers that made the Daytona 500: #66-Hill (top finishing Open car) and  #62-Gaughan (qualifying speed).
#54-Yeley was the lowest finishing open driver after an accident with less than 20 laps remaining, and will not make race.
There was 1 caution for 5 laps and 8 lead changes among 5 drivers.
See race details: Race Results, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.(2-13-2020)

#22-Joey Logano won the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
#10-Almirola finished second, followed by #6-Newman, #2-Keselowski, #43-Wallace, #3-Dillon, #19-Truex, Jr., #47-Stenhouse, Jr., #95-Bell, and #17-Buescher.
Open cars that will make the Daytona 500 are #16-Haley (top finishing Open car) and #27-Sorenson (qualifying speed).
DNQs for the race: #49-Finchum and #96-Suarez (caught in an accident midway through the race).
There was 1 caution for 7X laps and 11 lead changes among 6 drivers.
Duel #1 generally sets the inside row for the Daytona 500.
See race details: Race Results, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.(2-13-2020)

To the rear (Duels):
Duel 1: #6-Newman (unapproved adjustment)
Duel 2: #15-Poole (engine), #52-McLeod (transmission)

Duel #1 Pit stall selections
Duel #2 Pit stall selections

#47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Busch pole for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with speed of 194.582mph for his 1st pole at Daytona and 3rd of his career. #88-Bowman will start the race in second.
The remainder of the field will be set after the Duel races on Thursday night. Qualifying set the field for those races.
The rest of the top 10 qualifiers: #9-Elliott, #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #10-Almirola, #24-Byron, #95-Bell, and #20-Jones.
#47-Stenhouse, Jr will start on the pole for the first duel, followed by #9-Elliott, #11-Hamlin, #Almirola, #95-Bell.
#88-Bowman is the pole sitter for the second duel, followed by #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #24-Byron, and #20-Jones.
Open cars that are locked into the race based on qualifying speed are #16-Haley and #62-Gaughan.
See qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and Duel #1 Starting Lineup and Duel #2 Starting Lineup.(2-9-2020)

Daytona International Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Pole Award for the 62nd Annual DAYTONA 500 with a lap of 46.253 seconds, 194.582 mph. He has become the 43rd different NASCAR Cup Series driver to win the pole for the Great American Race.
• This is his third pole in 257 NASCAR Cup Cup Series races, and first pole in 16 races at Daytona International Speedway.
• This is JTG Daugherty Racing’s first DAYTONA 500 pole, and third pole all-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.
• The pole winner has won the DAYTONA 500 nine times; the most recent driver to accomplish the feat was NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett in 2000.
• Alex Bowman (second) has started on the front row the last three DAYTONA 500s.
• Chase Elliott (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
• Christopher Bell (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(2-9-2020)

Second practice for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#43-Wallace 196.172
#41-Custer 196.108
#38-Nemechek 196.040
#88-Bowman 195.088
#48-Johnson 194.835
Slowest: #54-Yeley 179.705
Most laps run: #42-Larson, 15
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 0 drivers): none
Notes: #2-Keselowski hit a fence at the entrance of pit road and caused damage to the right side of the car. The team spent the remainder of practice making repairs.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds (pdf).(2-8-2020)

First practice for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#13-Dillon 203.592
#47-Stenhouse 203.192
#11-Hamlin 202.684
#20-Jones 202.525
#19-Truex 202.379
Slowest: #49-Finchum 183.805
Most laps run: #95-Bell and #18-Busch, 31
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 10 drivers): #13-Dillon 200.796
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (2-8-2020)

The entry List for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #16-Haley, #27-Sorenson, #49-Finchum, #51-Gase, #52-McLeod, #54-Yeley, #62-Gaughan, #66-Hill, #77-Chastain, #96-Suarez.
Since 43 cars are entered, 3 drivers will miss race. Drivers that need to qualify on time: #16-Haley, #27-Sorenson, #49-Finchum, #54-Yeley, #62-Gaughan, #66-Hill, #96-Suarez.
See the full entry list on the Entry List pdf.

Qualifying Order

Qualifying Procedures

Daytona 500 entry list

Goodyear Tire Notes

Race Officials

Grand Marshal: President Trump
Command: President Trump
Honorary Starter: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Honorary Pace Car Driver: WWE champion Sheamus
Color Guard: North Florida Joint Service Color Guard, Jacksonville
Invocation: Ronnie Barton, First Presbyterian Church of Daytona
National Anthem: Air Force Sergeant Nalani Quintello
Flyover: US Air Force Thunderbirds

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