Ryan Blaney will start the race third after winning the first Can-Am Duel in impressive fashion Thursday. The exhibition race Sunday was a follow-the-leader race until near the end, as drivers had little confidence in their cars. See round-by-round qualifying results on the. Just three years ago, 52 cars showed up at Daytona for 43 spots. It's hard -- really hard -- to let that go and see the duels turned into just a glorified practice session. There were several drivers who did not finish Duel 1 or 2 including Brad Keselowski, David Gilliland, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Larson, and Mark Thompson.
Regardless of the Winter Olympics, the 2018 Daytona 500 numbers are still down in comparison to other Olympic years. The first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, coinciding with the opening of the speedway, and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series. Both races sets the lineup for positions 3—32. They consist of two races 60 laps and 150 miles 240 km in length, which serve as heat races that set the lineup for the Daytona 500. The race went back to green on lap 56, with five laps remaining in the first stage.
This is being done because it takes 52 seconds for a Cup car to complete a lap at Pocono Raceway. The RaceView® trademark is owned by Turner Sports, Inc. This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2018. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed 1 24 R 44. Austin Dillon's win is the third Daytona 500 victory for Richard Childress Racing; Dillon joins Dale Earnhardt 1998 and Kevin Harvick 2007.
To cover those costs with a significant engine deal and pay a driver and crew would be tough without sponsorship. So yes, all of those car numbers will something worth keeping an eye on throughout the race. And teams that participate all year should have advantages. In addition, the Fox Sports Go app brought an additional 51,000 viewers to the race. The first ten cars did not opt to pit, waiting instead for the end of the first 60-lap stage, the second points-paying stage of the year the Duels count as a championship points stage, but not a playoff points stage.
That number was up slightly from 2016. Byron is expected to start from the rear of the field after being on the wrong end of a wreck in the first Can-Am Duel. He will have some work to do, starting from the rear after totaling his car in the first Can-Am Duel. He hasn't finished higher than 22nd at Daytona since July 2016. For championship purposes, each Duel is a full Championship Stage, except there is no playoff point awarded. Keselowski pulled down on track, then tried to move back up, but McMurray had already pulled up. I was born on the 9th of March in a year which you need not know.
The Daytona 500 is an opportunity for drivers to make a bigger name for themselves on the national stage and each of these young phenoms will be looking to make his mark. As for Hamlin, the 2017 Cup Series playoff driver already knows what it's like to take home the checkered flag at The Great American Race, doing so in 2016. Other drivers that made it to the second and final round of qualifying: 48-Johnson, 18-Busch, 24-Byron, 20-Jones, 19-Suarez, 4-Harvick, 17-Stenhouse, Jr. Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday, Feb. The fifth caution of the race came out for a seven-car wreck in turn 3 another involving , , , , , , and. He only has four Cup starts under his belt, so Sunday's 500 will be his first.
Despite a disappointing if you can call it disappointing finish of 10th in the standings last year, Johnson brings 83 career victories, 222 top fives and 341 top 10s into 2018. Over the course of its 53-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Almirola had taken the white flag as the leader but finished 11th. Last year's title winner Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Blaney was the dominant car for most of the afternoon. The same will probably happen Thursday as drivers race conservatively with pretty much nothing to drive for except learning enough about their cars that they can last long enough Sunday before truly having to take a chance.
But it added to the sense that the sport really needs a great day Sunday, when having 40 cars entered for 40 spots finally won't mean jack. Bowman already has 81 Cup Series starts under his belt as he takes over for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team Penske Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Download the free Bleacher Report app to catch all the moments that matter in one place. It's The Great American Race, it's the Daytona 500, it's our. Caution flew for the seventh time with 9 to go for a single-car spin as spun out into turn 2, so that meant won the free pass under caution. Roger Penske, one of the sport's great businessmen, tried to make a convincing argument that, for the sake of the health of the sport, 40 entries for 40 spots is natural progression.
As evidence, the Daytona 500 entry list was released today, showing 40 cars ready to tackle the Super Bowl of stock car racing. Thompson had to head to the garage during the race and did not return. On lap 12 9-Elliott took the air of 20-Jones, causing him to spin. Duel 1 pole sitter 88-Bowman chose pit stall 4, now the 1st pit stall with the first three closed. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 7 5 78 Martin Truex Jr. The Phoenix Suns star is also only the seventh player in the league to accomplish the feat. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in.