The 2014 Nascar Sprint Cup season started last Sunday with the Daytona 500. It was a wild and long race with a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay. Here is a recap of the this great season opening race.
Lap 1: The green flag is in the air to start the 2014 Nascar Sprint Cup season with rookie Austin Dillon on the pole and he leads the famous opening lap of the race.
Lap 2: Denny Hamlin gets a push and some help from Jeff Gordon and takes the lead away from Austin Dillon as Austin starts to fall back.
Lap 3: Rookie Kyle Larson driving for Ganassi Racing has a tire going down or flat and hit the turn 3 wall pretty hard. He then goes to pit road to get a new tire. The pit stop puts him a lap down.
Lap 5: Kyle Busch who started in the 33rd position is already up to 8th. Therefore he has gained 25 positions in just 4 laps. He is on a roll.
Lap 12: Kurt Busch who is now driving for his new team in Stewart-Haas Racing has now taken the lead away from Hamlin and Hamlin has fallen back to 6th place.
Lap 23: Our 1st caution comes put as Kyle Larson has more problems and spun out in turn 2 and has even more damage to his car.
Lap 25: All the drivers make their first pit stops of the day. Matt Kenseth has some trouble and spins as he is entering his it box, thankfully he does not hit any pit crew chiefs.
Lap 28: Paul Menard takes the lead as Kurt Busch gets loose and starts to fall back into the 9th position.
Lap 31: Martin Truex Jr. who is also driving for a new team in Furniture Row Racing is slowing down and has a blow up engine. He is now done for the day.
Lap 38: Rain is coming and falling down pretty hard. The race is now red flagged with Kyle Busch in the lead. The race is under a red flag and rain delay for 6 hours and 22 minutes. After that long period of time Nascar announces that the race will finally restart at about 8:30 pm.
Lap 47: After running some more caution laps, the race is restarted on with Kyle Busch in the lead and Kasey Kahne along side him in 2nd.
Lap 50: Denny Hamlin takes back the lead and away from his teammate Kyle Busch as Kyle starts to fall back.
Lap 74: Kasey Kahne spins as he is exiting pit lane. No caution comes out and we stay green.
Lap 75: Kyle Busch makes a pit stop and drags the air gun with him as he leaves pit lane. Since he dragged equipment with him out if his pit box, he must do a stop and go penalty. The stop and go penalty puts him a lap down.
Lap 115: Michael Annett spins as he is entering pit road and almost gets into the back of Kasey Kahne. Kahne is given orders to do a drive through penalty by Nascar for going too fast entering pit lane.
Lap 120: Tony Stewart has some engine and fuel problems and it looks like his race is over. Kasey Kahne serves his drive through penalty for going too fast entering pit lane and obviously not happy about it.
Lap 127: Clint Bowyer is next to leave this race with a mechanical failure and his race is now over.
Lap 145: We finally have a crash involving a total of 12 cars. A crash fans like me refer to as "the big one". Danica Patrick, Michael Waltrip, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, David Gilliland, and Paul Menard are all involved in this big crash. Danica Patrick is done for the night.
Lap 163: With just 38 laps to go we have another big crash that involves about 8 drivers. Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, and Michael Annett are all involved in this crash.
Lap 184: Former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne spins in turn 2, bringing out our 5th caution of the race.
Lap 190: Kurt Busch spins coming out of turn 4. He does not hit any walls at all and we stay green.
Lap 194: With just 7 laps to go we have another crash. Ryan Newman, Justin Allgaier, Terry LaBonte, and Brain Scott are all involved in this big crash.
Lap 199: With 2 laps to go we are back under way with a green-white-checker finish with Dale Earnhardt Jr. out in front and in the lead.
Lap 200: On the final lap we have a big crash coming out of the final turn involving Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Car Edwards, and Reed Sorenson. Dale Earnhardt Jr. hold off Denny Hamlin to win his 2nd Daytona 500.
This was a great and long Daytona 500 race. Pretty cool that the race was ran at night time under the lights. Great to see the most popular driver in Nascar win the Daytona 500. I was pulling for him all the way to the end of this great race. And with the new rules this year, with the win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. might automatically make the Chase. Congrats to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and we hope to have a fun and exciting season and another great Daytona 500 race next year.
By: Andrew Harrington
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series