Byron wins but several drivers leave Daytona with momentum in tact

William Byron earned his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in Saturday nights Coke Zero Sugar 400. But, it was the finishing order behind him that surprisingly didn’t look much different.

See, when you head to the Daytona International Speedway, you just sort of hit the pause button on momentum. This is a place it can go away as quickly as it came. But, with the unpredictable nature of superspeedway racing, you can’t get too caught up is the momentum is halted.

But, what if you keep it going?

Byron, had a pressure packed race and still won for his third top eight finish in his last four starts. His teammate Chase Elliott pushed him with drafting help to the victory. Elliott, finished second for his sixth top 10 finish in his last seven races.

Denny Hamlin was third. He has seven top six finishes in his last eight starts on the year, five of which in the top two. Now a third place effort. He has 12 top two results in 26 starts this season.

Fourth place was Martin Truex Jr. This was only his fifth top five finish in 60 superspeedway starts. He’s finished worse than fourth just once in his last 10 starts on the season.

Brad Keselowski has 18 top 11 finishes in his last 20 tries. Joey Logano won both stages but was caught up in a late race crash. Kevin Harvick was in late crash too. He has 11 top fives in his last 13 starts. The only two not were at Daytona.

The momentum is there for several drivers heading into the playoffs.

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