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Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Racing Experience 300 Results

February 15, 2020

RESULTS

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1

Noah Gragson

9 |

12

Running

120

15

49

5

2

Harrison Burton

20 |

8

Running

120

9

38

0

3

Timmy Hill

66 |

26

Running

120

1

0

0

4

Brandon Jones

19 |

6

Running

120

0

36

0

5

Chase Briscoe

98 |

10

Running

120

5

34

0

6

Justin Haley

11 |

3

Running

120

0

46

0

7

Brandon Brown

68 |

11

Running

120

0

35

0

8

Ray Black Jr

07 |

16

Running

120

0

29

0

9

Ryan Sieg

39 |

9

Running

120

0

35

0

10

Alex Labbe

36 |

19

Running

120

19

29

0

11

Michael Annett

1 |

2

Accident

119

0

35

0

12

JJ Yeley

52 |

34

Running

119

0

25

0

13

BJ McLeod

0 |

22

Running

119

0

24

0

14

Vinnie Miller

78 |

25

Running

119

0

23

0

15

Joe Nemechek

47 |

36

Running

119

0

0

0

16

Mike Harmon

74 |

35

Running

119

0

21

0

17

Robby Lyons

15 |

20

Running

119

0

20

0

18

David Starr

6 |

31

Running

119

0

19

0

19

Jesse Little

4 |

18

Accident

118

0

18

0

20

Chad Finchum

13 |

33

Running

118

0

17

0

21

Josh Bilicki

99 |

32

Running

117

0

16

0

22

Ross Chastain

38 |

23

Running

115

0

0

0

23

Jeb Burton

8 |

4

Accident

114

26

32

1

24

Brett Moffitt

02 |

24

Accident

114

0

0

0

25

Austin Cindric

22 |

15

Accident

113

0

23

0

26

Josh Williams

92 |

17

Accident

113

0

11

0

27

Cj McLaughlin

93 |

21

Running

113

0

10

0

28

Jeremy Clements

51 |

29

Running

113

0

9

0

29

Caesar Bacarella

90 |

14

Accident

112

0

8

0

30

Justin Allgaier

7 |

13

Accident

107

23

25

1

31

Matt Mills

5 |

30

Electrical

101

0

6

0

32

Riley Herbst

18 |

7

Accident

59

0

5

0

33

Myatt Snider

21 |

1

Accident

59

22

8

0

34

Chris Cockrum

25 |

27

Accident

59

0

3

0

35

Austin Hill

61 |

28

Accident

37

0

0

0

36

Joe Graf Jr

08 |

5

Accident

37

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Noah Gragson

    #1

    LEADER

    Noah Gragson

    9|

  • #2 | 0.631

    Harrison Burton

    #2

    0.631

    Harrison Burton

    20|

  • #3 | 0.741

    Timmy Hill

    #3

    0.741

    Timmy Hill

    66|

Noah Gragson takes Daytona for his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It was a first for Noah Gragson. It was more of the same for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

When a wreck on the backstretch at Daytona International Speedway ended Saturday‘s NASCAR Racing Experience 300, Gragson was in the lead, and when the driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet crossed the finish line under caution, he claimed his long-awaited first victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

RELATED: Official Xfinity Series race results

What was a novel experience for Gragson was old hat to Earnhardt, who won at the 2.5-mile track for the seventh time as a car owner — with his seventh different driver. Five of Earnhardt‘s victories have come in the season opener at the Birthplace of Speed, including the last three in a row.

Gragson recovered from an early pit road speeding penalty to take control of the race. His crew chief, Dave Elenz, won for the fourth time at Daytona with his fourth different driver.

“We were wide open all day and managed to control the group behind us really well,” said Gragson, who climbed the frontstretch fence to celebrate his maiden win. “My spotter, Earl Barban, did a great job. He led me to this victory. Very, very thankful to everybody at JR Motorsports, (engine supplier) Hendrick Motorsports for the great power and building this new chassis. Without everybody like that, it just wouldn‘t be possible.

“Just trying to stay focused, stay positive when we threw it away on that speeding penalty after that first stage. But I‘m so, so proud to be on this team. We stayed till 9:30 the night before we came down here working on the hauler. The team chemistry is better than it‘s ever been. And I‘m ready to go and do this deal some more.”

A strong push in the top lane from runner-up Harrison Burton propelled Gragson into the lead after the final restart on Lap 198 of 200. On the final lap, Gragson had pulled away from his pursuers by roughly two car lengths before Brandon Brown knocked Michael Annett‘s Chevrolet sideways and started the wreck that ended the race under yellow.

The caution froze the finishing order, with Timmy Hill, Brandon Jones and Chase Briscoe running third, fourth and fifth, respectively. A 12-car wreck on Lap 114 that eliminated the contending cars of Jeb Burton and Austin Cindric set up the three-lap dash to the finish.

Previous multi-car crashes had KO‘d Justin Allgaier and first-time pole winner Myatt Snider. Jeb Burton (26 laps), Allgaier (23) and Snider (22) combined to lead 71 circuits, but none of the three was running at the finish of the race.

Harrison Burton thought he had an excellent shot at the victory before the wreck and caution on the final lap.

“Noah got out front about a car-and-a-half, and I thought ‘He might be in trouble here,‘ but then the caution came out,” Burton said. “Just really proud of our guys. We had a tough day. I think that there were a couple times in the race that we were down and out, and our guys clawed it out. I was proud of that effort.”

Briscoe had grabbed the lead from Gragson before the wreck on Lap 114 but couldn‘t hold it after the final restart.

“That one is going to sting for a while for sure,” Briscoe said. “I feel like we were making more moves than anybody and I thought I was going to have a really good shot there at the end. I don‘t know what was up with the 19, he couldn‘t give me any help on the bottom.

“It was just one of those where you wish you would have picked the top. We went on the bottom because at the time it felt like the right decision.”

Justin Haley, Brandon Brown, Ray Black Jr., Ryan Sieg and Alex Labbe completed the top 10.