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DAYTONA 500 Race Results

DAYTONA International Speedway

February 18th, 2024

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

William Byron

24 |

18

Running

200

4

51

5

2

Alex Bowman

48 |

7

Running

200

0

42

0

3

Christopher Bell

20 |

4

Running

200

22

34

0

4

Corey LaJoie

7 |

29

Running

200

1

33

0

5

Bubba Wallace

23 |

24

Running

200

3

39

0

6

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

28

Running

200

9

0

0

7

John H. Nemechek

42 |

10

Running

200

0

30

0

8

Erik Jones

43 |

11

Running

200

0

29

0

9

Noah Gragson

10 |

38

Running

200

5

28

0

10

Chase Briscoe

14 |

20

Running

200

0

27

0

11

Kyle Larson

5 |

17

Running

200

7

35

0

12

Kyle Busch

8 |

34

Running

200

12

37

0

13

Zane Smith

71 |

14

Running

200

0

24

0

14

Chase Elliott

9 |

5

Running

200

13

33

1

15

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

27

Running

200

0

24

0

16

Daniel Hemric

31 |

37

Running

200

0

21

0

17

Ty Gibbs

54 |

15

Running

200

0

20

0

18

Chris Buescher

17 |

19

Running

200

0

20

0

19

Denny Hamlin

11 |

8

Running

200

10

22

0

20

David Ragan

60 |

40

Running

200

2

17

0

21

Ross Chastain

1 |

21

Running

199

14

24

0

22

Austin Cindric

2 |

6

Running

199

13

24

0

23

Ryan Preece

41 |

25

Running

199

0

14

0

24

Riley Herbst

15 |

36

Running

199

0

0

0

25

Josh Berry

4 |

30

Running

199

1

12

0

26

Justin Haley

51 |

22

Running

199

0

11

0

27

Anthony Alfredo

62 |

39

Running

198

0

0

0

28

Jimmie Johnson

84 |

23

Running

196

0

9

0

29

Tyler Reddick

45 |

3

Accident

192

0

14

0

30

Ryan Blaney

12 |

32

Accident

192

12

17

1

31

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

35

Accident

192

0

9

0

32

Joey Logano

22 |

1

Accident

191

45

5

0

33

Brad Keselowski

6 |

16

Accident

191

3

4

0

34

Daniel Suárez

99 |

13

Accident

191

2

12

0

35

Todd Gilliland

38 |

31

Accident

191

16

2

0

36

Michael McDowell

34 |

2

Running

176

6

1

0

37

Austin Dillon

3 |

33

Running

146

0

1

0

38

Kaz Grala

36 |

26

Accident

5

0

1

0

39

Harrison Burton

21 |

12

Accident

5

0

1

0

40

Carson Hocevar

77 |

9

Accident

5

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    William Byron

    POS1

    LEADER

    William Byron

    Driver badge number 24 |

  • POS 2 | 0.006

    Alex Bowman

    POS2

    0.006

    Alex Bowman

    Driver badge number 48 |

  • POS 3 | 1.390

    Christopher Bell

    POS3

    1.390

    Christopher Bell

    Driver badge number 20 |

William Byron outlasts late-race action to win 2024 Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — William Byron gave team owner Rick Hendrick something extra to celebrate in the 40th anniversary year of Hendrick Motorsports.

In a frantic scramble after a restart on Lap 197 of 200 in the Daytona 500, Byron reached the start/finish line and took the white flag moments before NASCAR called the fifth caution of the evening as Ross Chastain slid wildly through the infield grass off the bumper of Austin Cindric’s Ford.

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Alex Bowman was a close second to his teammate at the moment of caution, giving Hendrick a 1-2 finish and the organization’s first victory in the “Great American Race” since Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s triumph in 2014. It marked the first Hendrick 1-2 in the “Great American Race” since Jimmie Johnson bested Earnhardt to the stripe in 2013.

The victory was Hendrick’s ninth in the Daytona 500, tying the company with Petty Enterprises for most in the history of the NASCAR Cup Series most prestigious event. The race was postponed from Sunday to Monday because of heavy rains during the weekend.

A screenshot of the Daytona 500 finishing order

“I’m just a kid from racing on computers and winning the Daytona 500,” said the 26-year-old Byron, who picked up the 11th Cup Series victory of his career and his second at Daytona, the first coming in the 2020 summer race at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

“I can’t believe it. I wish my dad was here. He’s sick, but this is for him, man. We’ve been through so much, and we sat up in the grandstands together and watched the race (when Byron was younger). This is so freaking cool.”

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Hendrick could barely contain his elation in Victory Lane.

“I’m telling you, you couldn’t write the script any better,” he said. “When we thought about coming down here the first time, we didn’t think we should be here, felt so out of place.

“We win this on our 40th to the day, it’s just… and tied a record now, so that’s awesome.”

Before the final restart, Chastain was racing at the front of the field on Lap 192 when a bump from Alex Bowman got Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron out of shape and knocked Byron into the right rear of Brad Keselowski’s Ford.

Keselowski turned up the track into the Ford of Joey Logano, who had led a race-high 45 laps to that point. Reigning series champion Ryan Blaney’s Ford was among the 23 cars involved in the accident that left a string of mangled vehicles strewn along the backstretch.

The wreck knocked Blaney, Keselowski and Logano out of the race, along with Tyler Reddick, defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Daniel Suárez and Todd Gilliland. NASCAR red-flagged the race for 15 minutes 27 seconds for track cleanup.

“Speedway racing again,” Logano said ruefully. “It’s a lot of fun until this happens. It was pretty interesting, with a lot of pushing and shoving there at the end. Our car was able to take it. Our Mustang was so fast. It could lead a line really well. I kind of thought I had the cars I wanted around me. I had at least one I wanted around me but just couldn’t make it work.”

“Obviously, hate what happened on that backstretch,” Byron said of the accident. “I just got pushed and got sideways. But so proud of this team, whole Axalta team, 40th anniversary to the day, on Monday.

“Just extremely blessed and thankful for all the opportunities, and we just want to keep it going. We have a lot to prove this year, and this is a good start, obviously.”

How much Byron has yet to prove is debatable. He won a series-best six races last year, qualified for the Championship 4 and finished third in the final standings.

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The race was not quite five laps old when an eight-car accident off Turn 4 started the inevitable attrition. Contact from Keselowski’s Ford in a tightly bunched line of the outside knocked John Hunter Nemechek’s Toyota into the center lane and into the side of Harrison Burton’s Ford.

Burton slid toward the infield, collecting the Chevrolet of Sunoco rookie Carson Hocevar. Burton’s No. 21 Mustang shot up the track and slammed into the Ford of Kaz Grala and the Chevrolet of Austin Dillon. Behind Dillon, Hocevar careened into the path of seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, who couldn’t avoid the collision.

The wreck eliminated the cars of Burton, Hocevar and Grala. Dillon took his No. 3 Chevy to the garage for extensive repairs, and Johnson lost two laps on pit road as his Legacy Motor Club crew worked frantically to repair his Camry.

“I don’t remember exactly who it was on my outside,” Burton said after a trip to the infield care center. “It just looked like they either got a bad push or got loose and just hit me in the right side and sent me across.

“The grass was so wet that once I got in the grass, I thought I’d be OK, but the car just kept going and going… so really sad that our day is over as quick as it was. We had a really fast Ford. It’s just a bummer. There’s nothing we can do but just move on and try to win next week.”

It took 187 more laps of racing before the colossal wreck that dwarfed the earlier incident thinned the field and set up the fight to the finish among the cars that survived.

In a race that featured 41 lead changes among 20 drivers, Christopher Bell ran third, followed by Corey LaJoie, Bubba Wallace and AJ Allmendinger. Chastain, who didn’t have quite enough room when he dived to the inside of Cindric on the penultimate lap, finished 21st, one spot ahead of Cindric.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who was initially caught in the first yellow of the day on Lap 6, finished 28th. Reddick, the 2024 Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 winner, finished 29th.

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Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Blaney finished 30th after being involved in the 23-car pileup.

The Cup Series will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway next for the Ambetter Health 400 on Feb. 25 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NOTE: Post-race inspection in the Cup Series garage at Daytona concluded without issue, confirming Byron as the race winner. Corey LaJoie’s No. 7 Chevrolet and Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 Toyota will be sent back to the R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina, for further inspection.

Contributing: Staff Reports