By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
There was controversy with the winner of the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on Friday night. Kyle Larson was credited with the win from NASCAR.
However, Justin Haley went below the double yellow line to get a late pass for the lead before the finish line. Haley was punished by NASCAR for the violation.
As a result, Larson, who was driving the DC Solar car for Chip Ganassi, led 39 of the 105 laps. He did not pick up any points for the win.
Elliott Sadler was the second-place finisher in his Armour Chili car for JR Motorsports. Sadler led 17 laps and also received 45 points.
Christopher Bell was the third-place finisher in his GameStop PDP car for Joe Gibbs Racing. He also received 34 points.
Ryan Blaney, who was the fourth-place finisher in the Pirtek car for Roger Penske, also led 39 laps. Cole Custer led 8 laps, while Haley led two laps.
Haley, after being punished for his violation from NASCAR, finished 18th in his FOE car for Maury Gallagher. He was the last car on the lead lap.
“I just wish NASCAR would be a little more, tell us how much of the car we could have under the yellow line,” Haley said.
Section 10.8.3.c of the Xfinity Rule book states: “NASCAR defines beneath the double yellow lines as follows: when the vehicle’s left-side tires are beneath the left line of the inside double yellow lines that separate the apron from the racing surface while passing another vehicle.”
Nearly half of the field did not complete the race. Jeff Green, the driver of the Night Owl Contractors car for Rod Sieg, crashed on lap 98 and finished in the 23rd position.
Josh Williams, who finished in the 24th position driving the Star Brite Star Tron/Sleep Well car for Mario Gosselin, crashed on lap 97. Custer, who was driving the Haas Automation car for Stewart Haas Racing, and Ryan Reed, who was driving the Drive Down A1C/Lilly Diabetes car for Jack Roush, also crashed on Lap 97.
Custer finished 25th respectively, while Reed finished in the 26th position. Ryan Sieg, who finished in the 27th position, also was involved on a crash on Lap 97 in his Off Road Heat/ionomy car for Rod Sieg.
Garrett Smithley, who finished 28th, was involved in a crash on Lap 94 in his FAME-USA car for Johnny Davis. Chase Elliott, who was driving the UNTUCKit car for Maury Gallagher, had engine problems on Lap 90 before his 29th place finish.
Brandon Hightower was the 30th place finisher in his Cane River Brewing Co. for JP Motorsports, after being involved in a crash on Lap 87. Tyler Reddick, who finished 31st, in his Takl car for JR Motorsports, was involved in a crash on Lap 82.
Joey Gase, who finished 32nd, was also involved in a crash on Lap 82 in his Donate Life Florida/Sparks car for Archie St. Hilaire.
Austin Cindric, who flipped his car, was involved in a crash, along with four other cars, on Lap 81. Cindric, who was driving the Odyssey Battery car for Jack Roush, finished in the 33rd position.
Jeremy Clements, who was also involved in the crash on Lap 81, finished 34th in his RepairableVehicles.com car for Jeremy Clements. David Starr, who was driving the Whataburger car for Jimmy Means, finished 35th after being involved in the Lap 81 crash.
B.J. McLeod was also involved in the Lap 81 crash in the JD Motorsports car for Johnny Davis and finished 36th overall.
Blake Jones finished 37th overall after being involved in a crash on Lap 75 in his Tennessee XXX Moonshine car for B.J. McLeod. Caesar Bacarella, who finished 38th overall, was involved in a crash on Lap 70 in his Maxim/Alpha Prime car for B.J. McLeod.
Ryan Preece was the 39th overall finisher after his Rheem car for Joe Gibbs Racing overheated on Lap 51. Josh Bilicki finished in 40th position after his Prevagen for JP Motorsports had engine problems on Lap 33.
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