Kurt Busch won the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series 59th Annual Daytona 500

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Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, celebrates with his crew after winning the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Starting from 8th place Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford won the 59th Annual Daytona 500, his 29th victory in 577 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. This is Busch’s 1st win & 1st Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 1st win & 17th Top 10 finish in 32 races at Daytona International Speedway. Kurt Busch leads the point standings by 12 points over Ryan Blaney. 2nd
Place Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, started from 36th place posted his 1st Top 10 finish in 4 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his 1st Top -10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger Click List Chevrolet, started from 38th place posted his 3rd Top 10 finish in 16 races at Daytona International Speedway. Daniel Suarez
(29th) was the highest finishing rookie.

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Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

4th Place Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Foods Ford, started from 13th place followed by 5th place Car 27 Paul Menard Menards/Peak Chevrolet, started from 33rd place. 6th Place Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford, started from 15th place followed by 7th place Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, started from 26th place. 8th Place Car 15 Michael Waltrip Aaron’s Toyota, started from 30th place followed by 9th place Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto EJ Wade Construction Ford, started from 25th place. Lastly in the Top 10 Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford, in 10th place , started from 11th place. Daniel Suarez (29th) was the highest finishing rookie.

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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, Erik Jones, driver of the #77 5-hour Energy Extra Strength Toyota, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, and Ty Dillon, driver of the #13 GEICO Chevrolet, are involved in an on-track incident during the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The race had 8 Cautions for 40 Laps with 2 Big Crashes: 1st Caution on lap 32 for Car 83 Corey LaJoie Dustless Blasting Toyota Crash on the Frontstretch. 2nd Caution on lap 62 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 3rd Caution on lap 106 for Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet, Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota, Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-hour Energy Extra Strength Toyota, Car 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Toyota, Car 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet, Car 7 Elliott Sadler Golden Corral Chevrolet Crash in Turn 3 [Red Flag 17:00]. 4th Caution on lap 122 for Stage 2 Conclusion. 5th Caution on lap 129 for Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet, Car 14 Clint Bowyer Mobil 1 Ford, Car 37 Chris Buescher Cottonelle Mega Roll Chevrolet, Car 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford, Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford, Car 96 DJ Kennington Lordco/Castrol Toyota, Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota, Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford, Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet, Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Ford, Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto EJ Wade Construction Ford, Car 75 Brendan Gaughan(i) Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet, Car 72 Cole Whitt Florida Lottery Ford, Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER BOATS Toyota, Car 23 Joey Gase Best Home Furnishings Toyota, Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford Crash in Turn 3. 6th Caution on lap 137 for Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford, Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford, Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, Car 7 Elliott Sadler Golden Corral Chevrolet, Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Little Joes Autos/Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet Crash on the Frontstretch. 7th Caution on lap 143 for Car 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna McDonald’s Chevrolet, Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford, Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet, Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota, Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Ford, Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Little Joes Autos/Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet, Car 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota, Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet, Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet, Car 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Radio Chevrolet, Car 75 Brendan Gaughan(i) Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet Crash on the Backstretch. 8th Caution on lap 151 for Car 23 Joey Gase Best Home Furnishings Toyota, Car 75 Brendan Gaughan(i) Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet, Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet Crash on the Backstretch.

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Drivers including Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Aspen Dental Ford, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Ford, are involved in an on-track incident during the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Lead Changes: 37 among 18 drivers: C. Elliott 1-5; J. McMurray 6-18; K. Harvick 19-22; C. Elliott 23-24; K. Harvick 25-29; B. Keselowski 30-31; K. Larson 32; K. Harvick 33-41; Kyle Busch 42; M. Truex Jr. 43; Kyle Busch 44-48; R. Blaney 49-50; Kyle Busch 51-62; A. Allmendinger 63-64; K. Larson 65-68; K. Harvick 69-72; K. Larson 73; K. Harvick 74-89; J. Johnson 90-96; D. Earnhardt Jr. 97-
104; E. Sadler(i) 105-109; K. Harvick 110-121; J. Logano 122; K. Larson 123-125; C. Elliott 126; K. Kahne 127; C. Elliott 128-135; K. Kahne 136-141; A. Dillon 142-148; J. Logano 149-151; C. Whitt 152-154; A. Almirola 155-156; K. Larson 157-162; J. Logano 163-174; C. Elliott 175-197; M. Truex Jr. 198; K. Larson 199; Kurt Busch 200;

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Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, races Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, during the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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 Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Chevrolet, leads the field past the green flag to start the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Cars race during the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 1
Unofficial Race Results for the 59Th Annual Daytona 500 – Sunday, February 26, 2017
Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, FL – 2.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 200 Laps – 500 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 8. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 200 Running
2. 36. Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 200 Running
3. 38. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger Click List Chevrolet 200 Running
4. 13. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Foods Ford 200 Running
5. 33. Car 27 Paul Menard Menards/Peak Chevrolet 200 Running
6. 15. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 200 Running
7. 26. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 200 Running
8. 30. Car 15 Michael Waltrip Aaron’s Toyota 200 Running
9. 25. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto EJ Wade Construction Ford 200 Running
10. 11. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 200 Running
11. 39. Car 75 * Brendan Gaughan(i) Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet 200 Running
12. 16. Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 200 Running
13. 35. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER BOATS Toyota 200 Running
14. 1. Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet 200 Running
15. 22. Car 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Radio Chevrolet 200 Running
16. 27. Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Ford 199 Running
17. 4. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 199 Running
18. 17. Car 72 Cole Whitt Florida Lottery Ford 199 Running
19. 10. Car 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 199 Running
20. 40. Car 7 * Elliott Sadler(i) Golden Corral Chevrolet 199 Running
21. 14. Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 198 Running
22. 5. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford 197 Running
23. 29. Car 23 Joey Gase(i) Best Home Furnishings Toyota 196 Running
24. 31. Car 83 * Corey LaJoie Dustless Blasting Toyota 193 Running
25. 20. Car 38 David Ragan Camping World Ford 188 Running
26. 32. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Little Joes Autos/Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet 145 Accident
27. 7. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 143 Accident
28. 3. Car 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna McDonald’s Chevrolet 141 Accident
29. 19. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota 141 Accident
30. 18. Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet 140 Accident
31. 23. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 133 Accident
32. 6. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Mobil 1 Ford 128 Accident
33. 12. Car 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford 128 Accident
34. 24. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 127 Accident
35. 37. Car 37 Chris Buescher Cottonelle Mega Roll Chevrolet 127 Accident
36. 28. Car 96 * DJ Kennington Lordco/Castrol Toyota 127 Accident (Canadian)
37. 2. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 106 Accident
38. 21. Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 103 Accident
39. 34. Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-hour Energy Extra Strength Toyota 103 Accident
40. 9. Car 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Toyota 103 Accident
Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: #48, 21, 27 (Backup Car). Failed to Qualify: (2) 55, 51. Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 29 Mins, 31 Secs. Average Speed: 143.187 MPH. Margin of Victory: 0.228 Seconds. Caution Flags: 8 for 40 laps. Lead Changes: 37 among 18 drivers.
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch, #18. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: AJ Allmendinger, #47 10 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Engines, #41. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kurt Busch, #41. Moog Go the Extra Mile: Kasey Kahne, #5 -0.436 secs. Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Austin Dillon, #3. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Daniel Suarez, #19.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Mar. 5, 2017 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

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