Byron wins at Daytona for second straight Xfinity victory

NASCAR driver'proudly shares scar

In what could be his final race at Daytona, Dale Earnhardt Jr was hoping he would end up in victory lane. Paul Menard came home third with Michael McDowell and Ryan Newman rounding out the top-five finishers.

After missing the coveted big wrecks that come with plate racing, Ragan found himself as the leader, passing Ty Dillon on a restart with three laps to go.

The crash took Joey Logano and Austin Dillon out of the race.

It was the first win for Stenhouse at Daytona and his second straight restrictor plate victory after winning at Talladega in May. His two wins give Stenhouse a total of 10 playoff points, slotting him at fifth behind only Martin Truex Jr., Johnson, Larson and Brad Keselowski, respectively.

"We'll be back to work next weekend", he said. He would get those laps back with a little more than 60 laps remaining, and rallied to a spot inside the top 10 when Harvick's vehicle jumped sideways.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

How Stenhouse Won: The No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was fast all night but Stenhouse fell back at the mid-point of the race before working his way back to the front late in the going.

"I just didn't expect all that attention", he told NBC. "The guys worked on the auto, we got our laps back and we were about to have some more fun and mix it up and then that happened with (Harvick)".

He may have riled up Elliott earlier in the night, but McDowell and LFR come away with a result similar to a win for most teams.

MISCELLANY: Defending race victor Brad Keselowski continued his success at restrictor-plate tracks by winning the first stage of the Coke Zero 400.

"I've been caught up in wrecks and haven't been able to finish one of these things clean".

Earnhardt started on the pole, but his time out front only lasted until the field got to the first turn on the first lap when Chase Elliott got the better jump. He took it down pit road once more but the team determined the damage was too much and had him drive the auto straight to the garage thus ending his night. In the other 15 races, the No. 38 auto has a best result of 17th coming at Richmond International Speedway. Dale Jr. received the free pass back onto the lead lap following the incident, so it's not over yet. Kahne, Suarez, Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto, also were involved. NASCAR's most popular driver felt like his right rear tire was going flat as he entered a turn, started to slow and then brushed the wall and flattened the right front tire.

"As soon as we got our laps back, I knew anything was possible", Earnhardt said.

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