Byron enters playoffs hot following Coke Zero Sugar 400 win

Martin Truex Jr. elected to go for the win in the closing laps of Saturday nights Coke Zero Sugar 400. He maneuvered his way past fellow Toyota driver Christopher Bell and snaked his way to a battle with William Byron for the win.

Unfortunately for the Toyota tandem, you need drafting help to be successful on superspeedways. Bell didn’t get it from Truex and he fell. Truex, didn’t have Denny Hamlin close enough to help him.

Byron, had teammate Chase Elliott and the two Hendrick Motorsports teammates hooked up with Elliott, the former driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet, pushing the new driver of the car to victory at the World Center of Racing.

Byron, won the ‘400 en route to his first career NASCAR Cup Series triumph. The last three winners of this race in fact earned their first career wins in this race too. The last four winners now are Ricky Stenhouse Jr (2017), Erik Jones (2018), Justin Haley (2019) and Byron (2020).

The win propels Byron to a playoff berth too as he and Matt DiBenedetto take the final two spots. DiBenedetto, advances over Jimmie Johnson by a mere six points.

For Byron, he enters the playoffs not. He’s had two top five finishes all season. Each coming in the last six days. The North Carolina native also has three top eight finishes in his last four starts.

Elliott, has six top 10 finishes in his last seven Cup races including a win in Daytona on the road course just a couple of weeks ago.

Two time defending Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin finished third and nearly became just the third driver since 1982 to sweep both Daytona races in the same season. Truex fell to fourth for his seventh consecutive top four finish in his No. 19 Toyota. Bubba Wallace rounded out the top five in a wild regular season finale.

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 62nd Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Saturday, August 29, 2020

1. (6) William Byron, Chevrolet, 164.

2. (27) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 164.

3. (10) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 164.

4. (2) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 164.

5. (21) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 164.

6. (9) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 164.

7. (8) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 164.

8. (40) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 164.

9. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford, 164.

10. (4) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 164.

11. (24) John Hunter Nemechek #, Ford, 164.

12. (15) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 164.

13. (23) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 164.

14. (26) Michael McDowell, Ford, 164.

15. (32) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 164.

16. (36) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 164.

17. (7) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 164.

18. (5) Aric Almirola, Ford, 164.

19. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 164.

20. (1) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 164.

21. (25) Corey LaJoie, Ford, Accident, 163.

22. (29) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 163.

23. (34) Quin Houff #, Chevrolet, 162.

24. (35) Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 161.

25. (12) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 161.

26. (30) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, Accident, 159.

27. (3) Joey Logano, Ford, Accident, 158.

28. (19) Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, Accident, 158.

29. (18) Tyler Reddick #, Chevrolet, Accident, 158.

30. (16) Cole Custer #, Ford, Accident, 158.

31. (37) Joey Gase(i), Ford, 158.

32. (31) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 155.

33. (11) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 152.

34. (13) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 151.

35. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, Accident, 151.

36. (22) Ryan Newman, Ford, Accident, 151.

37. (28) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, Accident, 151.

38. (39) Josh Bilicki(i), Chevrolet, 151.

39. (38) James Davison, Ford, Accident, 139.

40. (33) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 3.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 153.766 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 39 Mins, 59 Secs. Margin of Victory: .119 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 6 for 21 laps.

Lead Changes: 35 among 16 drivers.

Lap Leaders: M. Truex Jr. 1;K. Harvick 2-5;W. Byron 6;K. Harvick 7;W. Byron 8-21;A. Bowman 22;A. Almirola 23;W. Byron 24-28;E. Jones 29-33;W. Byron 34-35;J. Logano 36-51;R. Blaney 52;B. Keselowski 53;C. Bell # 54-55;E. Jones 56-65;K. Busch 66-71;*. Suarez 72-90;J. Logano 91-101;M. Truex Jr. 102;K. Harvick 103;J. Logano 104-105;M. Truex Jr. 106-111;J. Logano 112;M. Truex Jr. 113-118;K. Busch 119-125;J. Logano 126-130;M. McDowell 131-132;K. Busch 133-150;K. Busch 151;D. Hamlin 152-155;T. Reddick # 156;D. Hamlin 157;J. Logano 158;D. Hamlin 159-162;W. Byron 163-164.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Joey Logano 6 times for 36 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 31 laps; William Byron 5 times for 24 laps; * Daniel Suarez 1 time for 19 laps; Erik Jones 2 times for 15 laps; Martin Truex Jr. 4 times for 14 laps; Denny Hamlin 3 times for 9 laps; Kevin Harvick 3 times for 6 laps; Christopher Bell # 1 time for 2 laps; Michael McDowell 1 time for 2 laps; Brad Keselowski 1 time for 1 lap; Ryan Blaney 1 time for 1 lap; Kurt Busch 1 time for 1 lap; Aric Almirola 1 time for 1 lap; Tyler Reddick # 1 time for 1 lap; Alex Bowman 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 22,20,8,12,48,95,24,34,11,18

Stage #2 Top Ten: 22,19,14,1,48,2,21,47,12,95

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