Kyle Larson Wins Daytona Xfinity Race After Justin Haley Made an Illegal Pass

Jasen Vinlove (USA Today)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Kyle Larson was ruled the winner of Friday night's Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity race after Justin Haley was ruled to have made an illegal pass.  The ruling was that Haley went below the double yellow line on the bottom of the track at the finish. After Haley was knocked to the 18th finishing position, Larson’s margin of victory was .005 seconds over Elliott Sadler. 

“I honestly didn’t even think I had a shot to win that until I pulled over here to the lug nut check and I could see the big screen where he kind of went below the yellow line,” Larson said. “A little bit of a shock for me.”

Larson's win made him a perfect three of three in the Xfinity Series in 2018.  He has entered three races and won each time.

Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, who led 39 laps, and Kaz Grala rounded out the top five.

“I’m really bummed for Haley, it was really cool that I was able to give him a shove to take the lead and just bummed for him, that stinks,” Bell said. “Really proud of my team and hopefully we can build on this and create some momentum.”

Sadler is now 0-2 at Daytona this year.  In February, he finished second in what became the closest margin of victory in Xfinity history.

Shane Lee, Timmy Hill, Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier and Ross Chastain completed the top 10.

The race was sent into overtime after the race’s second multi-car accident took place on the frontstretch that included Cole Custer and Ryan Reed.

“Everybody got crazy there and I think we ran out of room,” Custer said. “I think there was nothing we could really do about it, so we’ll move on to the next one.”

The red flag was displayed after a 17-car crash in Turn 1 on Lap 81 that saw Austin Cindric’s No. 60 Ford barrel roll.

“My first time ever flipping a car, so that’s always an interesting experience,” Cindric said. “It’s unfortunate we have a strong day and come up short, but I’ve just got to be thankful for NASCAR and Bell helmets and Roush who builds these safe cars and does what they do to make me be able to walk out of something like that with no bruises or anything. I’m just thankful for that. I wish we would have been able to see that come to fruition.”

Sadler continues to lead the season standings over Hemric by 12 points in his quest for a championship.  In 2017, Sadler fell short by one position at the end of the season.

Unofficial Race Results - 17th Annual Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 - July 6, 2018
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL
Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 7, Kyle Larson(i), No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet, 105, 1, 1, 3, 39, , 0, Running
2) 5, Elliott Sadler, No. 1 ARMOUR Chili Chevrolet, 105, 3, 9, 2, 17, , 45, Running
3) 6, Christopher Bell #, No. 20 GameStop PDP Toyota, 105, , , , , , 34, Running
4) 2, Ryan Blaney(i), No. 22 Pirtek Ford, 105, 5, 4, 3, 39, , 0, Running
5) 38, Kaz Grala #, No. 61 Kiklos Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ford, 105, , , , , , 32, Running
6) 14, Shane Lee, No. 3 Childress Vineyards Chevrolet, 105, , , , , , 31, Running
7) 36, Timmy Hill, No. 66 CrashClaimsR.Us Toyota, 105, , , , , , 30, Running
8) 4, Daniel Hemric, No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet, 105, 9, 10, , , , 32, Running
9) 9, Justin Allgaier, No. 7 Breyers 2in1 Chevrolet, 105, 4, 6, , , , 40, Running
10) 16, Ross Chastain, No. 4 Georgia Watermelon Association Chevrolet, 105, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 17, Michael Annett, No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, 105, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 10, Brandon Jones, No. 19 Comcast/NBC Universal Salute to Service Toyota, 105, , , , , , 25, Running
13) 12, Ryan Truex, No. 11 Phantom Fireworks Chevrolet, 105, 10, , , , , 25, Running
14) 35, Chad Finchum #, No. 40 Amana Toyota, 105, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 21, Alex Labbe #, No. 36 Can-Am/Wholey/Cyclops Gear Chevrolet, 105, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 25, JJ Yeley, No. 38 RSS Racing Chevrolet, 105, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 30, Spencer Boyd #, No. 76 Grunt Style Special Chevrolet, 105, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 40, Justin Haley(i), No. 24 FOE Chevrolet, 105, , 7, 2, 2, , 0, Running
19) 29, Vinnie Miller #, No. 01 JAS Trucking Chevrolet, 104, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 13, Matt Tifft, No. 2 KCMG Chevrolet, 103, 6, 8, , , , 25, Running
21) 37, Mike Harmon, No. 74 The Journey Home Project Chevrolet, 102, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 39, Ray Black II, No. 99 Zomongo/America's Donuts Toyota, 102, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 31, Jeff Green, No. 93 Night Owl Contractors Chevrolet, 98, , , , , , 14, Accident
24) 28, Josh Williams, No. 90 Starbrite Star Tron/Sleep Well Chevrolet, 97, , , , , , 13, Accident
25) 3, Cole Custer, No. 00 Haas Automation Ford, 97, 8, , 1, 8, , 15, Accident
26) 15, Ryan Reed, No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford, 97, , , , , , 11, Accident
27) 18, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 Off Road Heat/ionomy Chevrolet, 97, , , , , , 10, Accident
28) 22, Garrett Smithley, No. 0 FAME-USA Chevrolet, 94, , , , , , 9, Accident
29) 11, Chase Elliott(i), No. 23 UNTUCKit Chevrolet, 90, 2, 2, , , , 0, Engine
30) 34, Brandon Hightower, No. 55 Cane River Brewing Co. Toyota, 87, , , , , , 7, Accident
31) 8, Tyler Reddick #, No. 9 Takl Chevrolet, 82, , 5, , , , 12, Accident
32) 20, Joey Gase, No. 35 Donate Life Florida/Sparks Chevrolet, 82, , , , , , 5, Accident
33) 23, Austin Cindric #, No. 60 Odyssey Battery Ford, 81, 7, 3, , , , 16, Accident
34) 19, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet, 81, , , , , , 3, Accident
35) 27, David Starr, No. 52 Whataburger Chevrolet, 81, , , , , , 2, Accident
36) 32, BJ McLeod, No. 15 Chevrolet, 81, , , , , , 1, Accident
37) 26, Blake Jones, No. 78 Tennessee XXX Moonshine Toyota, 75, , , , , , 1, Accident
38) 24, Caesar Bacarella, No. 8 MAXIM/ALPHA PRIME Chevrolet, 70, , , , , , 1, Accident
39) 1, Ryan Preece, No. 18 Rheem Toyota, 51, , , , , , 1, Overheating
40) 33, Josh Bilicki #, No. 45 Prevagen Toyota, 33, , , , , , 1, Engine
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Total Race Length - 105 Laps - 262.5 Miles 
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 01 Mins, 35 Secs.
Average Speed: 129.541 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.005 Seconds2.5 Mile Paved
Race Comments: Kyle Larson won the 17th running of the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, his eleventh NASCAR Xfinity Series victory. Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty: Nos. 45 (engine change), 16, 51, 55 (unapproved adjustments), 38 (missed driver's meeting). 
Caution Flags: 6 for 29 laps: Laps: 32-35 (Stage 1 Completed [74]);
62-66 (Stage 2 Complete/ 19 spin frontstretch [74]);
73-77 (No. 16 Spin Turn 4 [19]);
83-87 (No. 60, 2, 11, 9, 46, 35, 21, 51, 52, 36, 40, 19, 16, 78, 0, 15, 8 incident Turn 1 [red flag 12:18] [55]);
89-93 (No. 55, 99, 40 incident turn 3 [None]);
99-103 (No. 00, 16, 90, 93, 39, 01, 19, 36, 38 incident frontstretch [2]).
Lead Changes: 11 among 5 drivers: 0;
C. Custer 1-8;
K. Larson(i) 9-32;
R. Blaney(i) 33-57;
K. Larson(i) 58-63;
J. Haley(i) 64;
R. Blaney(i) 65-77;
E. Sadler 78-80;
R. Blaney(i) 81;
E. Sadler 82-95;
K. Larson(i) 96-104;
J. Haley(i) 105
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, No. 42 
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Elliott Sadler, No. 1 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Christopher Bell, No. 20

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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