Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series ran their DRIVE4COPD 300 race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday afternoon. 33 Clint Bowyer started from the pole with 1 Landon Cassill beside him. The NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will not be racing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, but many were present in this race and brought their two-car tango style of racing with them to this Nationwide race. The top five starters were 33, 1, 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 7 Danica Patrick and 31 Justin Allgaier.
5 pushes 33 into the lead. 1 falls back and tucks in front of 7. 18 Kyle Busch pushes 20 Joey Logano into the lead. When they swap places, 88 Aric Almirola pushes 4 Tony Stewart up the middle into the lead. 18 pushes 20 into the lead, they swap and 33 pushes 4 back into the lead. (Imagine this: Cup drivers who have been practicing this style all week are taking turns leading the Nationwide race!) 33 and 4 swap places and 33 leads. 27 J. R. Fitzpatrick is leaking fluid and gets Black Flagged. 16 Trevor Bayne (two Nationwide drivers).
The first caution comes out during the commercial. 11 Brian Scott turns into 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. 1 spins to start it and 12 drives thruogh the middle up into 11. 5 misses his pit because he is looking for his Cup number, 88. He has to go around again to pit. 33 chooses the inside. 16 pushes 20. 22 Brad Keselowski pushes 18 into the lead.
The second caution comes out when 15 Todd Bodine pushes 62 Michael Annette around. 2 Elliott Sadler, 09 Kenny Wallace and 01 Mike Wallace. 60 Carl Edwards is having engine woes. 33 pushes 7 into the lead. 22 pushes 16 into the lead, they swap and 22 takes the lead. 31 looses a tier and gets into the wall. He makes his way to pit road and they continue.
The third caution comes out when 15 spins 12 into the infield wall. Bodine hasn’t figured out how to push. When 5 pits, the gas can gets stuck and he takes it out of the pits. He has to go back in. 16 pushes 20 for the restart with 33 pushing 18. In the middle of the pack they are three wide. 38 goes high and passes before the line. He gets Black Flagged. There’s a battle for the lead between three sets of cars and they go to a commercial!
18 pushes 20 into the lead, they swap and 33 pushes 4 into the lead. 4 and 33 swap and 4 takes the lead. 22 pushes 1 to the front. Green Flag Pitting begins. 18 pushes 20 ahead and then pits, leaving 20 still out there! The fourth caution comes out during the commercial for debris. Twelve cars are on the lead lap. The fifth caution comes out when 1 tries to slip in front of 22 but sends 22 spinning into the infield, back onto the track and into 39 Josh Wise. 38 Kasey Kahne gets back onto the lead lap. 4 has a flat tire and has to pit. There is a Red Flag for clean up, with nine laps to go.
They go Green with six laps to go. 33 chooses the outside and drops in front of 5. 99 Michael Waltrip falls back with no help. 4 pushes 1 to the front. 18 leads but 20 and 18 fall back when they swap. 4 and 1 swap places. 18 pushes 20 into the wall, he recovers and there is no caution. At the line, it’s 33 being pushed by 5 while 4 is being pushed by 1. 4 Tony Stewart wins his fourth Nationwide race at Daytona in a row.
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