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Fresh From Florida 250 Race Results

DAYTONA International Speedway

February 16, 2024

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Nicholas Sanchez

2 |

6

Running

101

26

42

5

2

Corey Heim

11 |

26

Running

101

0

37

0

3

Rajah Caruth

71 |

20

Running

101

1

34

0

4

Bret Holmes

32 |

19

Running

101

13

38

0

5

Spencer Boyd

76 |

31

Running

101

0

32

0

6

Stefan Parsons

75 |

27

Running

101

0

31

0

7

Matt Crafton

88 |

11

Running

101

0

38

0

8

Timmy Hill

56 |

33

Running

101

0

29

0

9

Bryan Dauzat

28 |

29

Running

101

0

28

0

10

Christian Eckes

19 |

25

Running

101

1

39

0

11

Tyler Ankrum

18 |

5

Running

101

16

43

1

12

Jason M. White

22 |

34

Running

101

0

25

0

13

Bayley Currey

41 |

9

Running

101

0

32

0

14

Stewart Friesen

52 |

17

Running

101

0

23

0

15

Tanner Gray

15 |

8

Running

101

1

22

0

16

Ty Majeski

98 |

1

Running

101

6

35

0

17

Grant Enfinger

9 |

22

Running

101

2

23

0

18

Jack Wood

91 |

23

Running

101

0

23

0

19

Taylor Gray

17 |

12

Accident

100

0

24

0

20

Corey LaJoie

7 |

3

Accident

100

5

0

0

21

Daniel Dye

43 |

7

Accident

100

0

23

0

22

Cory Roper

04 |

30

Accident

100

0

15

0

23

Codie Rohrbaugh

97 |

14

Accident

100

0

14

0

24

Dean Thompson

5 |

15

Accident

100

0

15

0

25

Mason Massey

02 |

32

Running

100

0

12

0

26

Matt Mills

42 |

4

Running

99

0

11

0

27

Toni Breidinger

1 |

13

Running

97

0

10

0

28

Chase Purdy

77 |

18

Accident

93

1

9

0

29

Johnny Sauter

45 |

2

Accident

79

24

18

1

30

Ben Rhodes

99 |

24

Accident

71

5

13

0

31

Keith McGee

27 |

36

Accident

44

0

6

0

32

Lawless Alan

33 |

35

Overheating

27

0

5

0

33

Layne Riggs

38 |

21

DVP

13

0

4

0

34

Jake Garcia

13 |

16

Accident

6

0

3

0

35

Ty Dillon

25 |

28

Accident

5

0

2

0

36

Thad Moffitt

46 |

10

Accident

5

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Nick Sanchez

    POS1

    LEADER

    Nick Sanchez

    Driver badge number 2 |

  • POS 2 | 0.085

    Corey Heim

    POS2

    0.085

    Corey Heim

    Driver badge number 11 |

  • POS 3 | 0.086

    Rajah Caruth

    POS3

    0.086

    Rajah Caruth

    Driver badge number 71 |

Nick Sanchez claims Truck Series season opener at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With cars wrecking and flipping behind him in overtime, Nick Sanchez claimed the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory of his young career in Friday night‘s Fresh From Florida 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The race ended under caution on the second lap of the overtime after Rajah Caruth, running fourth, moved up the track and turned the No. 91 Chevrolet of Jack Wood in front of the field.

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Sanchez and runner-up Corey Heim were clear of the chaos, and Caruth escaped with minimal damage and finished third. But behind them, the Chevy of Daniel Dye launched the Toyota of Taylor Gray, which flipped in mid-air and landed upright on its tires in a gaggle of mangled cars.

All told 12 trucks were involved in the wreck, which caused the record 12th caution of the evening.

Coincidentally, Sanchez rallied from a 12-truck crash on Lap 6 to score the victory for his No. 2 Rev Racing Chevrolet team in his sophomore season.

“It‘s huge,” Sanchez said. “We spent all of last year trying to get a win. I knew coming into this year I knew that I had to, right? What better race than to do it than Daytona? Honestly, out of every race, if I was going to do it, this would have been the last one (I expected), but happy to do it. It‘s awesome.

“I just knew I had to lead at the white flag, because they were probably going to wreck. I‘m glad they wrecked — if everyone is OK. I‘m just happy.

“It‘s huge. Obviously, we have a new technical partner in Spire (Motorsports) — our first race with them. What a better way to start a partnership. (Sponsor) Gainbridge has stuck with me. They were winless last year. They all deserve it, and they‘re going to celebrate with me.”

Caruth was thankful for his third-place finish, but he rued the wreck that ended the race.

“I‘m trying to play it back differently in the last laps, but thank you to everybody at Spire Motorsports, HendrickCars.com, the Hendrick Automotive Group, and Mr. H (Rick Hendrick) for what they‘ve done for me along with everybody at Spire and Chevy,” Caruth said.

“Man, I felt like I got a bad push there, and you‘re already getting tight off of the corner, and everybody is going for all they have on the last lap. I feel terrible to see trucks like that torn up. I hope Taylor (Gray) is all right. But a good night to start the year.”

Fifty-one of the 101 laps were run under caution, and it didn‘t take long for the action to start. The first major incident KO‘d a handful of drivers.

On the backstretch on Lap 6 of a scheduled 100 circuits, a shove from Christian Eckes‘ Chevrolet turned the Ford of three-time series champion Matt Crafton into the Ford of Layne Riggs, igniting a 13-truck accident that eliminated Ty Dillon, Thad Moffitt and Jake Garcia.

With his team unable to make repairs on his No. 38 Ford F-150, Riggs took his truck to the garage under caution on Lap 17.

“Chaos, a lot of craziness — everybody was just kind of all over the place,” Dillon said after a mandatory trip to the infield care center. “I‘ve never seen anything look like that from behind the wheel four laps into a race.

“With my experience, I knew something like that was going to happen. That‘s why I got myself to the bottom to hopefully have a spot to bail. And sure enough, it happened. I thought I got through … I hit the grass and it knocked the tires out of my hand, and I was trying to catch it with the throttle …

“Just hate to be taken out so early and not have a chance.”

The Lap 6 incident was a harbinger of the chaos to come.

Defending series champion Ben Rhodes saw a good night turn bad when Tyler Ankrum door-slammed his Ford on Lap 68. Rhodes pitted with a flat tire a lap later, but after leaving the pits, he spun and crashed as the lead pack tried to dodge the No. 99 Ford in the center of the track.

Rhodes exited the race, and soon after, Johnny Sauter was an innocent victim of a four-truck wreck off Turn 4 — after leading 24 laps, second only to Sanchez‘s 26.

Bret Holmes finished fourth, followed by Spencer Boyd. Stefan Parsons, Crafton, Timmy Hill, Bryan Dauzat and Eckes completed the top 10.

NOTE: Post-race inspection in the Truck Series garage was completed with no issues, confirming Sanchez as the winner.