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Daytona International Speedway

Coke Zero Sugar 400 Results

August 29th, 2020

RESULTS

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FINAL STATUS

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POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

William Byron

24 |

6

Running

164

24

44

5

2

Chase Elliott

9 |

27

Running

164

0

35

0

3

Denny Hamlin

11 |

10

Running

164

9

36

0

4

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

2

Running

164

14

42

0

5

Bubba Wallace

43 |

21

Running

164

0

32

0

6

Ryan Blaney

12 |

9

Running

164

1

40

0

7

Alex Bowman

88 |

8

Running

164

1

30

0

8

Brendan Gaughan

62 |

40

Running

164

0

29

0

9

Chris Buescher

17 |

17

Running

164

0

28

0

10

Brad Keselowski

2 |

4

Running

164

1

32

0

11

John H. Nemechek

38 |

24

Running

164

0

26

0

12

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

15

Running

164

0

29

0

13

Christopher Bell

95 |

23

Running

164

2

30

0

14

Michael McDowell

34 |

26

Running

164

2

26

0

15

Brennan Poole

15 |

32

Running

164

0

22

0

16

Ross Chastain

77 |

36

Running

164

0

0

0

17

Jimmie Johnson

48 |

7

Running

164

0

32

0

18

Aric Almirola

10 |

5

Running

164

1

19

0

19

Clint Bowyer

14 |

14

Running

164

0

26

0

20

Kevin Harvick

4 |

1

Running

164

6

17

0

21

Corey Lajoie

32 |

25

Accident

163

0

16

0

22

Ty Dillon

13 |

29

Accident

163

0

15

0

23

Quin Houff

00 |

34

Running

162

0

14

0

24

Timmy Hill

66 |

35

Running

161

0

0

0

25

Austin Dillon

3 |

12

Running

161

0

12

0

26

Daniel Suarez

96 |

30

Accident

159

19

11

0

27

Joey Logano

22 |

3

Accident

158

36

30

2

28

Matt Kenseth

42 |

19

Accident

158

0

9

0

29

Tyler Reddick

8 |

18

Accident

158

1

16

0

30

Cole Custer

41 |

16

Accident

158

0

7

0

31

Joey Gase

53 |

37

Running

158

0

0

0

32

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

31

Accident

155

0

8

0

33

Kyle Busch

18 |

11

Accident

152

31

5

0

34

Kurt Busch

1 |

13

Accident

151

1

10

0

35

Erik Jones

20 |

20

Accident

151

15

11

0

36

Ryan Newman

6 |

22

Accident

151

0

1

0

37

Ryan Preece

37 |

28

Accident

151

0

1

0

38

Josh Bilicki

7 |

39

Running

151

0

0

0

39

James Davison

51 |

38

Accident

139

0

1

0

40

JJ Yeley

27 |

33

Engine

3

0

0

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    William Byron

    #1

    LEADER

    William Byron

    24|

  • #2 | 0.119

    Chase Elliott

    #2

    0.119

    Chase Elliott

    9|

  • #3 | 0.308

    Denny Hamlin

    #3

    0.308

    Denny Hamlin

    11|

William Byron prevails in Daytona finale, joins DiBenedetto in claiming playoff berths

With his NASCAR Cup Series Playoff hopes on the line, Hendrick Motorsports‘ driver William Byron earned his first career victory Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 regular season finale.

The victory was an automatic berth into the playoffs for the 22-year old Byron — a hard-fought trophy in a typically full-contact, high-emotion contest on NASCAR‘s famed Daytona high-banks to settle the playoff field.

RELATED: Race results | Who is in the playoff field?

The only two playoff positions still up for grabs on the night were filled by Byron and Matt DiBenedetto, who earned the 16th and final Playoff position with a 12th place effort — a mere six points better than seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson who nursed a badly-damaged car home to a 17th-place finish.

“We made it,” DiBenedetto said. “I don‘t care how we did it. All my goal was, was to come in here and make it. 

“I wanted it so bad for this team,” he continued, with a nod to the longtime Wood Brothers Racing operation he drives for this year.

Johnson — who is retiring from full-time competition at the end of the season — was obviously disappointed in the outcome, but emboldened by the effort of his team. The 83-race NASCAR Cup Series winner had a tough path to earn a playoff berth. He missed a race due to a COVID-19 diagnosis and had points taken away from a runner-up effort earlier in the season due to a disqualification. He was in contention to move into his final playoffs opportunity until being caught up in an 11-car accident with only two laps left in regulation.

“First and foremost, congratulations to my teammate for getting his first Cup win like that,” Johnson said. “This setting and the drama that goes into it, that‘s a big win for [crew chief] Chad Knaus and William Byron, really happy for those guys.

“I really feel like we had a way to transfer to win or point our way in the way it went the first two stages and things just got ugly in Turn 1. Unfortunate, but that‘s plate racing.

“We had a really good car and last couple months we‘ve been really getting our act together and running well. Really disappointed to not be in the Playoffs. That was the number one goal to start the year.”

RELATED: Johnson: ‘We did all we could’ 

Byron took the lead from this year‘s Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin on an overtime restart with two laps to go and with cars spinning out behind him, ultimately was able to hold off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott by a blink-of-the-eye .119-second. 

Hamlin finished third, followed by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports‘ driver Bubba Wallace turned in a season-best fifth-place finish. Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brendan Gaughan, Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-10.

Kyle Busch led 31 laps but with only eight laps remaining in what had been a largely incident-free race, Busch, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, was collected in the first of two mega-accidents. 10 cars suffered damage in the incident and a red flag flew for more than 10 minutes.

WATCH: See how Reddick’s block of Busch leads to wreck

The race restarted with five laps remaining but another incident at the front of the field involved 11 cars — including Johnson‘s No. 48 Chevrolet and Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Team Penske Ford which had won the race‘s first two stages.

Byron was part of that close-quarter contact racing and the race leader when the caution came out. During the ensuing short red flag period, Byron‘s team worried if his car had suffered damage in the melee –  if Byron should stay out for the restart instead of pitting. He stayed out and the gamble paid off with Byron‘s first NASCAR Cup Series win and a berth in the playoffs.

“I‘m just extremely blessed and this is incredible,” said Byron, who drives the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. “It‘s been a hard couple of years in the Cup Series and trying to get my first win and gel with this team. These guys did an awesome job today and got us in the Playoffs and it‘s amazing.

“This is probably the hardest track to points-race,” said Byron who only had a four-point advantage over Johnson for the final playoff transfer position entering the race.

“We had a great Stage 2 and kind of got back in the pack and got shuffled when everyone went single file. I thought my hope were up there. And we were racing around the No. 21 (DiBenedetto) and the No. 48 (Johnson) in the final stage and I was like, ‘man, I‘ve to really make something happen. Luckily, I was able to push the No. 43 (Wallace) and he and the No. 22 (Logano) made some contact and opened up a hole for me and I wasn‘t going to lift.

“It was awesome.”

The 10-race NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs begin next Sunday with the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Seven-race winner Kevin Harvick, the regular season champion, is the top seed and takes a 10-point advantage into the playoffs over six-race winner Denny Hamlin. With his win, Byron moved up to a ninth-place seeding. DiBenedetto starts his first ever playoffs seeded 16th.