• NASCAR Cup Series
  • Xfinity Series
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Daytona International Speedway

Coke Zero Sugar 400

August 28th, 2021

RESULTS

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FINAL STATUS

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POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Ryan Blaney

12 |

6

Running

165

7

45

5

2

Bubba Wallace

23 |

20

Running

165

8

37

0

3

Ryan Newman

6 |

23

Running

165

2

34

0

4

Ryan Preece

37 |

24

Running

165

0

35

0

5

Tyler Reddick

8 |

17

Running

165

0

39

0

6

Justin Haley

77 |

28

Running

165

0

0

0

7

Alex Bowman

48 |

15

Running

165

0

30

0

8

Chase Elliott

9 |

5

Running

165

36

39

1

9

BJ McLeod

78 |

30

Running

165

0

0

0

10

Josh Bilicki

52 |

36

Running

165

0

27

0

11

Erik Jones

43 |

21

Running

165

0

26

0

12

Kurt Busch

1 |

8

Running

165

0

25

0

13

Denny Hamlin

11 |

3

Running

165

7

33

0

14

Aric Almirola

10 |

19

Running

165

0

23

0

15

Kevin Harvick

4 |

11

Running

165

4

22

0

16

Corey Lajoie

7 |

33

Accident

164

1

25

0

17

Austin Dillon

3 |

27

Accident

164

3

34

0

18

Ross Chastain

42 |

29

Accident

164

14

26

0

19

Daniel Suarez

99 |

26

Accident

164

0

18

0

20

Kyle Larson

5 |

1

Accident

164

0

23

0

21

Chase Briscoe

14 |

16

Accident

164

0

16

0

22

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

12

Running

164

0

19

0

23

Joey Logano

22 |

22

Running

164

37

27

1

24

Cole Custer

41 |

25

Running

164

0

13

0

25

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

9

Running

164

0

12

0

26

Anthony Alfredo

38 |

32

Running

163

0

11

0

27

David Starr

66 |

40

Running

163

0

0

0

28

Cody Ware

51 |

31

Running

163

0

0

0

29

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

7

Running

163

13

14

0

30

Garrett Smithley

53 |

34

Running

163

0

0

0

31

Joey Gase

15 |

37

Running

162

0

0

0

32

Christopher Bell

20 |

14

Accident

157

8

7

0

33

Brad Keselowski

2 |

10

Accident

156

0

4

0

34

Kyle Busch

18 |

4

Accident

156

5

14

0

35

Kaz Grala

16 |

38

Accident

156

0

0

0

36

Landon Cassill

96 |

39

Accident

146

0

0

0

37

William Byron

24 |

2

Accident

146

12

9

0

38

Quin Houff

00 |

35

Running

136

0

1

0

39

Michael McDowell

34 |

18

Engine

23

0

1

0

40

Chris Buescher

17 |

13

Running

165

8

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Ryan Blaney

    #1

    LEADER

    Ryan Blaney

    12|

  • #2 | 0.924

    Bubba Wallace

    #2

    0.924

    Bubba Wallace

    23|

  • #3 | 1.519

    Ryan Newman

    #3

    1.519

    Ryan Newman

    6|

Ryan Blaney survives overtime at Daytona, wins regular-season finale for third 2021 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —  The Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR Cup Series‘ regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway unfolded as billed with dramatic action all Saturday night that included 45 lead changes, a 14-minute red-flag period and a wild final lap of overtime to decide the championship playoff picture.

Ultimately, Team Penske‘s Ryan Blaney managed it all and took his second NASCAR Cup Series victory in as many weeks as a huge multicar accident happened behind him in the last corners of the track on the final lap.

RELATED: Official results | Standings reset

Blaney‘s No. 12 Team Penske Ford led only seven of the 165 laps, but the 27-year-old North Carolinian took the lead from fellow Ford driver and Roush Fenway Racing‘s Chris Buescher for the two laps of overtime to claim his third win of the season and seventh of his career.

Richard Childress Racing‘s Tyler Reddick earned the 16th and final playoff position with a fifth-place finish in a close and suspenseful battle with his own teammate, Austin Dillon.

“How about that,” Blaney said. “That was a lot of fun. Gosh, we just barely missed that wreck. Got to line up on the front row and got a good push by the 7 (Corey LaJoie). You never know how the end of these things is going to play out. Down the back you don‘t know what lane is getting a bigger run. I guess someone got tangled up over there, hopefully everyone is OK.”

LaJoie was one of the drivers who was collected in that nine-car crash in Turn 3 on the final lap. He was one of four drivers — including Dillon, Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez — running among the top 10 on the final restart and needing a victory to qualify for the playoffs. Instead, all four of them were unfortunately involved in the final incident that eliminated much of the front-running pack.

Kyle Larson, who has a series-best five wins on the season, clinched his first NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship with a 20th-place finish. Both he and Denny Hamlin were in the last-lap wreck. Hamlin, who has led the points standings for all but three of the previous 25 race weekends, finished 13th.

Blaney‘s Daytona win caps an impressive summer run that is good enough to move him into second place in the playoff standings — 28 behind Larson — heading into next week‘s playoff opener at Darlington Raceway.

RELATED: Meet the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs field

Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch are ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the playoff reset, followed by 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Hamlin and William Byron. Joey Logano, who led a race-best 37 laps Saturday but finished 23rd, is seeded ninth, followed by Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell, 2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell, Aric Almirola, Reddick and Kevin Harvick.

“Got good momentum,” Blaney said smiling. “Nice to make it three in a row. We‘ll see.”

Bubba Wallace, who led eight laps late in the race, finished second — his best result of the 2021 season. Ryan Newman, Ryan Preece and Reddick rounded out the top five; a season best for Newman and Preece as well.

Haley, who won the Xfinity Series race earlier in the afternoon, was sixth and followed by Alex Bowman. Chase Elliott, B.J. McLeod and Josh Bilicki rounded out the top 10. It was McLeod‘s first top-10 finish in 76 NASCAR Cup Series starts.

The 10-race elimination style NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs begin with next Sunday‘s Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Harvick is the defending race winner. Truex won at Darlington this spring.

NOTE: The race winning No. 12 Team Penske Ford passed NASCAR‘s post-race inspection, thus confirming Ryan Blaney‘s victory. The No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Chris Buescher, however, was disqualified as it did not conform to the NASCAR rule specifications per the following rule: 20.3.3.3.b REAR SUB-FRAME ASSEMBLY; I-4 Track Bar Mounting Assembly. Buescher‘s second-place finish was altered to 40th, last in the 40-car field, as a result.