Joey Logano was able to stay out front and lead the field to the checkered flag for his first ever Daytona 500 victory! Logano held off Kevin Harvick, the defending series champion, driver of the 4 Budweiser Chevrolet and also 2014 Daytona 500 champion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the win of the 57th running of the Great American Race. Logano led 31 laps of the race. With only 3 laps left in the race the 6th caution flag of the day come out due to a crash involving Justin Allgeier and Ty Dillion which quickly turned into a red flag. The race then went into over time. The win was secured for Logano and the 22 team on lap 203 when a large wreck formed in the back of the pack causing another caution. The top 10 finishers included Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle. The drivers battle for the win next Sunday in the Folds of Honor Quicktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. You can catch the race on FOX at 1:00 PM ET.
-Paul Menard leads the field to green
-Lap 6 Larson was up to 8th position from 25th where he had started
-Lap 8 Stenhouse was dropped back to 24 from the 2nd position where he started
-Lap 8 Keslowski's fastest lap of the race so far
-Lap 15 Martin Truex was the new leader leading the field
-Lap 21 Truex still leading with Earnhardt Jr. right behind him
-Lap 23 Caution. Keslowski went spinning in the grass running back up the track hitting the wall
-Lap 25 Clint Bowyer went down pit road while it was closed. It caused him to start at the tail end on the restart
-Lap 27 Pit road opens & Dale Jr. is first off pit road
-Lap 29 Jamie McMurray received a penalty because his pit crew come over the wall to soon and Ryan Newman also received a penalty because he drove through to many pit stalls
-Lap 30 Green flag with Dale Jr. leading with Paul Menard behind him
-Lap 38 Dale Jr. is running with debris on the grill of his #88 Chevy SS
-Lap 43 The #88 went down pit road to clear debris because his car was over heating
-Lap 45 Martin Truex Jr. leading
-Lap 45 McMurray got turned sideways causing a multi car pile up collecting the 4,5,11,14,15,17,18,27,41,43,48
-28 to go Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and the Bush brothers start at the back of the field because they had to many crew members over the wall
-27 to go Martin Truex Jr. leads the field to green followed by the 24 of Jeff Gordon
-16 to go Matt Kenseth leading with Tony Stewart behind him
-14 to go 3rd caution the #17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. began to spin hitting the #3 of Austin Dillion
-9 to go Kenseth leading the field to green
-8 to go 4th caution flag is out Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart make contact hitting Greg Biffle causing him to hit the inside wall at high speeds. After he struck the wall he was then hit by Kurt Busch
-5 to go Gordon is penalized and is placed at the back of the field because of having to many people over the wall
-4 to go green flag is out with Kenseth leading with Truex behind him
-2 to go Harvick bumps the wall (no caution)
Checkered Flag- Matt Kenseth wins the 2015 Sprint Unlimited!
In honor of the Daytona 500 being only 14 days away, I am throwing it back to the famous 1998 Daytona 500 that was won by the late Dale Earnhardt! In which many and most people would say is the most memorable Daytona 500 yet. It was Earnhardt's one and only Daytona 500 win after 20 years attempting. It was his first win after going through 59 races without a win. The last win he had was at Atlanta in March of 1996. It was February 15, 1998 at Daytona International Speedway and the stands were filled full with nearly 185,000 people! Bobby Labonte was the pole sitter. The green flag dropped and the race went smooth for 125 laps until the first of only 3 caution flags was dropped. The 1st caution took place near the middle of the race when Ward Burton had a cut down tire that left debris on the track. The 2nd caution was caused by John Andretti and Robert Pressley. They bumped each other and spun around in turn 2. With under 2 laps to go, the 3rd and final caution flag was thrown because of John Andretti (who was also a cause of the previous caution) and Lake Speed making contact and spinning out. Earnhardt had been running powerful the entire race. He was first off pit road during the last pit stop. Earnhardt was leading Bobby Labonte and Jeremy Mayfield who were side by side with under 2 laps to go while the caution was out. That meant that whoever crossed the finish line first would be the 1998 Daytona 500 winner. Earnhardt refused to let Labonte and the followers take the lead. Finally, history was made at at Daytona International Speedway. Dale Earnhardt was 1st to cross the finish line, finally conquering the Daytona 500! What was really impressive was, as he was headed to victory lane, many crew and team members lined up down pit road one behind another and shook Earnhardt's hand as he drove by.
Seventeen year old NASCAR driver Ben Rhodes began racing when he was just seven years old. He began with karts in 2008 then later moved up too Bandoleros. In 2010 Rhodes moved up to legend cars. At the start of 2011 he switched to late models. After the 2012 season he had racing late models for Marcos Ambrose Motorsports, he signed on with Turner Scott Motorsports. In 2013 Rhodes started racing part time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Later Rhodes was added to the NASCAR Next program. Rhodes raced full time for the series in 2014. He won the K&N Pro Series East championship for the 2014 season! He raced in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2014. He scored 3 top tens out of 4 starts! This season Rhodes with participate in ten NASCAR Xfinity Series (formerly known as NASCAR Nationwide Series) races. He will drive the number 88 for JR Motorsports. The May Iowa race will be Rhodes first race in NASCAR's 2nd premier series.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to ask Rhodes a few questions at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. When asked, "If you weren't a race car driver what would you be?" He responded, "Well um, l would probably be a mechanical service contractor. I would be working on buildings, being an air conditioning man." After his response I then asked him, "What motivates you most?" He answered, "I'm a very goal oriented person so, I guess just the success and itself, it's hard for me to say it. I love the thought of racing too."