After weeks of building up, the 64th Daytona 500 got the green light today at Daytona International Speedway with Kyle Larson leading the way at Turn 1. Larson’s Hendrick teammate, Alex Bowman, will play alongside Larson in the front row.
Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher will start in row 2 after winning their Daytona duel last Thursday.
Luke Combs will sing the pre-game concert, Trace Adkins will sing the national anthem and Charles Woodson will direct the engine start.
You guessed it, 500 miles and 200 laps are planned for today’s NASCAR Cup race.
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Brad Keselowski gave Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a big push on lap 196, slamming Stenhouse hard against the wall, leading to caution before 5 minutes.
Stenhouse Jr. led the restart with seven points left and was fighting for the top lane lead when Keselowski pushed him.
Chris Buescher is also involved. Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 also suffered some damage.
Austin Cindrick is your game leader, followed by Ryan Blaney.
Kevin Harvick was flipped and passed the lady 10 minutes away, taking several cars into the third big wreck of the day.
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson and Erik Jones Jones) is also involved.
Larson ran behind Harvick and the chaos began.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. continues to lead as the field is under a red flag.
6:15pm | Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads Daytona 500 with 15 races
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 2017 summer race at Daytona, leading the 500 with 15 laps left. Chris Buescher followed, followed by pole positioner Kyle Larson as the field is currently in solo queue.
6 p.m. | Bubba Wallace and Austin Cindric lead Daytona 500 with 30 races remaining
Bubba Wallace and Austin Hindrick continued to battle for the lead with 30 laps left. Kyle Busch pushed Wallace, while Ryan Blaney continued to push Cinderick.
The bottom line, led by Cindric and Blaney, appears to have the upper hand for now as the high line starts to lag.
Another major accident left the Daytona 500 in yellow with 49 laps left.
Tyler Reddick’s No. 8 machine took the brunt, while Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch also suffered.
Redick broke out on the front straight and spun hard on the wall. Logano and Busch skidded on the grass, while Truex Jr.’s Toyota, which had won the first two stages, suffered damage to the front.
Brad Keselowski took the lead.