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Wrapup: Daytona

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Daytona International Speedway hosted all three season openers for NASCAR’s top series this past week. On Friday night, the Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 was held at the track. On Saturday, the XFINITY Series featured the Powershares QQQ 300. The Sprint Cup series opened the 2016 season on Sunday with the Daytona 500. The results on the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
Time Trials:
Rookie Chase Elliott drove the #24 Chevrolet SS to the top of the chart in the final round of Sunday's (Feb 14) knockout qualifying session. This is his first career NSCS pole in his first Cup start at Daytona. With a lap of 45.845 seconds, 196.314 mph, he is the youngest (age 20) Daytona 500 pole winner in the sport's history. He also started first in the first of the Can-Am Duels (Feb 18). Elliott led three laps in the Daytona 500 before getting involved in a wreck (around lap 20). After repairs, he finished the race 40 laps down to the leaders in 37th place.
Did Not Qualify: #35 David Gilliland; #30 Josh Wise; #40 Reed Sorenson; #98 Cole Whitt.
Winner: Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500, his 27th victory in 363 NSCS races. This is the #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry driver's first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 21 races at Daytona. Today's Margin of Victory over Martin Truex Jr. is the closest in Daytona 500 history at 0.010 second. Hamlin becomes the fifth driver in series history to win the Sprint Unlimited and the Daytona 500 in the same season joining Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987), Dale Jarrett (1996, 2000) and Jeff Gordon (1997).

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
3M Lap Leader: Denny Hamlin #11, 95 Laps (11th, WINNER, LEADER)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Denny Hamlin #11
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Toyota Racing Development (TRD) #11
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch #18 (4th, 3rd, 3rd)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Kyle Busch #18
Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Michael McDowell #59, 16 positions (39th, 15th, 15th)
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver: Carl Edwards #19, 0.239 seconds (10th, 5th, 5th)
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: AJ Allmendinger #47 (30th, 21st, 21st)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ryan Blaney #21 (7th, 19th, 19th)

Standings: Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 5 points over Martin Truex Jr.

Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
1. Denny Hamlin
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Kyle Busch
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Carl Edwards
6. Joey Logano
7. Kyle Larson
8. Regan Smith
9. Austin Dillon
10. Kurt Busch
11. Ryan Newman
12. Aric Almirola
13. Kasey Kahne
14. Matt Kenseth
15. Michael McDowell
16. Jimmie Johnson

Next:  QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500, Sunday, February 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval in Hampton, GA)
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Time Trials:
Ty Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Powershares QQQ 300 with a lap of 49.493 seconds, 181.844 mph. This is the #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro driver's fourth pole in 79 NXS races. It is his first pole in six races at Daytona. Daniel Suarez (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2016 and his second in three races at Daytona. Bobby Labonte (third) posted his third top-10 start at DIS. Erik Jones (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie. Dillon led two laps and finished the 120-lap race in 13th place.
Did Not Qualify: #13 Mark Thompson; #92 Mario Gosselin; #97 Harrison Rhodes; #70 Derrike Cope; #99 Chris Fontaine; #40 Derek White; #74 Mike Harmon; #15 Stanton Barrett.
Winner: Sprint Cup regular Chase Elliott (#24 Chevrolet SS) won the Powershares QQQ 300, his fifth victory in 67 NXS races. This is the #88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Camaro driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in five NXS races at Daytona. Elliott becomes the youngest winner at Daytona in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the age of 20 years, 2 months, 23 days - former record holder was Joey Logano (21 years, 1 month, 7 days).

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Ty Dillon #3, 181.844 mph (POLE, 13th, 8th)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Joey Logano, #22 (8th, 2nd, NE)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Roush-Yates Engines, #22
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Elliott Sadler, #1 (10th, 4th, LEADER)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Brandon Jones, #33 (7th, 7th, 3rd)
  NE=Not eligible for driver points in this series.

Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 3 points over Darrell Wallace Jr.

Top 10:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Darrell Wallace Jr.
3. Brandon Jones
4. Daniel Suarez
5. Blake Koch
6. Brendan Gaughan
7. Justin Allgaier
8. Ty Dillon
9. Dakoda Armstrong
10. Jeremy Clements

Next:  Heads Up Georgia 250, Saturday, February 27 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval in Hampton, GA)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Grant Enfinger won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 with a lap of 49.792 seconds, 180.752 mph. This is his first pole in seven NCWTS races. This is the #33 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Silverado driver's first pole in two races at Daytona. Enfinger led four laps and finished the 100-lap race in 20th place.
Did Not Qualify: #59 Korbin Forrister; #58 Ryan Reed; #68 Clay Greenfield; #43 Austin Hill; #6 Norm Benning; #71 Carlos Contreras; #63 Reed Sorenson; #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb; #28 Ryan Ellis; #1 David Levine; #74 Mike Harmon.
Winner: Johnny Sauter won the NextEra Energy Resources 250, his 11th victory in 176 NCWTS races. This is the #21 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Silverado driver's second victory and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Daytona. Sauter started second in the lineup and led 12 laps of the 100-lap event.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Keystone Light Pole Award: Grant Enfinger #33, 180.752 mph (POLE, 20th, 18th)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Johnny Sauter #21 (2nd, WINNER, LEADER)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, #21
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Christopher Bell #4 (8th, 16th, 14th)

Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 4 points over Ryan Truex.

Top 10:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Ryan Truex
3. Parker Kligerman
4. Brandon Brown
5. Travis Kvapil
6. Tyler Young
7. Ben Rhodes
8. Daniel Hemric
9. Matt Crafton
10. Michel Disdier

Next: Great Clips 200, Saturday, February 27 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval in Hampton, GA)
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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
February 13, Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
Winner: John Wes Townley  -   Pole: Cole Custer  -   Points Leader: John Wes Townley
Next: April 9, Nashville ARCA 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN)
NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
February 14, Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway (0.5-mile oval in New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Winner: Todd Gilliland -   Pole: Todd Gilliland -   Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: April 9, Nashville ARCA 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN)

K&N Pro Series-West
2015 K&N Pro Series-West Champion: Chris Eggleston
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Noah Gragson
Season-opener: March 19, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway (0.5-mile oval in CA)

Pinty’s Series (formerly Canadian Tire Series)
2015 Pinty’s Series Champion:  Scott Steckly
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Gary Klutt
Season-opener: May 22, Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course near Bowmanville, Ontario)

Whelen Modified Tour
2015 Whelen Modified Tour Champion: Doug Coby
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Dowling
Season-opener: April 10, Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (0.625-mile oval in CT)

Whelen Southern Modified Tour
2015 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion: Andy Seuss
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Trey Hutchens
Season-opener: March 12, Caraway 150 at Caraway Speedway (0.455-mile oval in Sophia, NC)

Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.