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Daytona Beach, Fl- This was arguably some of the best action in a Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.
There was endless side-by-side action for most of the race Saturday night and in some parts three and even four wide wheel to wheel passing through the high banked turns.
Only after 25+ laps of green flag runs would the field really settle down as pit stops were looming.
With that action is where experience and patience shined in the end.
From the get go it was three-abreast action throughout the field. If you were looking for Tony Stewart or Kevin Harvick in the scrum you wouldn’t find them. Both used their expertise in restrictor plate racing and fell to the back and rode around there for most of the night.
The duo won five of the last eight Coke Zero 400′s entering last night and knew to finish first you must at first finish. That’s why they just stuck to the back and stayed out of the action until the final 20 laps of the 161 lap event.
Most would have thought the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevy or the No. 29 Budweiser Chevy were having handling issues and would be a non factor. Then the wrecks started happening in front of them and before you knew it there they were on the final lap battling for the win.
They avoided every wreck and put themselves in prime position to win at the end with finishing second and third respectively. Neither led Saturday night but that wasn’t their goal to lead unless it was the to take the checkered.
Stewart won in 2012 with only leading one lap, the final one. That was his and Harvick’s goal last night as they don’t care about putting their cars up front and risking danger throughout the race. They just once again outsmarted everyone and it paid off in the points afterwards.
Now, Harvick sits fourth and as close as a lock to the Chase as it comes with four races left while “Smoke” went from needing a lot of help at 16th in the points to 10th and in the final automatic Chase spot. Both drivers have very favorable tracks coming up and Daytona could have been the race that puts them in championship contention.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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