NASCAR results at Daytona: Justin Haley wins Coke Zero Sugar 400 in third career Cup Series start

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first_imgRain, snow or shine, a win is a win, and for Monster Energy Cup Series rookie Justin Haley, that phrase could never be more true.Making just his third career Cup Series start, Haley was declared the winner of Sunday’s postponed Coke Zero Sugar 400 after an extensive rain and lightning delay ended the race 33 laps early. The 20-year-old was also the runner-up in Friday’s Xfinity Series race. That winning [email protected]_Haley_ | @Spire77 pic.twitter.com/P2xlZbwc7s— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 2019MORE: Watch the NASCAR live and on demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)A huge wreck early in Stage 3 left Haley second behind Kurt Busch under a yellow caution. Busch, however, pitted under the impression that the race was about to return to green, just seconds before lightning struck nearby triggering the red flag. Haley led just one lap under caution.TROUBLE for … well … most of ’em pic.twitter.com/kHVTgI8ABh— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 7, 2019William Byron and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top three at the time of the red flag thanks to the huge wreck a few laps before that knocked out almost the entire top-half of the order. Clint Bowyer clipped the rear of Austin Dillon to trigger the wreck.Joey Logano and Dillon won Stage 1 and 2 respectively, in a race highlighted by car manufacturers teaming up with one another. Driving became much more aggressive as Stage 2 went on, with drivers thinking the race may end due to approaching storms.Sunday’s race was a result of a postponement from the scheduled Saturday night start time. The Monster Energy Cup Series returns on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400. Sporting News tracked live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Follow along below.NASCAR at Daytona: Live updates, highlights from the Coke Zero Sugar 400(All times Eastern.)Caution flags: 6Lead changes: 24Lap leaders: Justin Haley (1), Austin Dillon (45), Joey Logano (39), Kevin Harvick (12), Kurt Busch (8), Denny Hamlin (4), Kyle Busch (3), Chase Elliott (3), Clint Bowyer (3), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2), Ryan Blaney (1)Coke Zero Sugar 400: 2019 winner, top 20 order of finishFinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps led1.Justin HaleySpire Motorsports (77)12.William ByronHendrick Motorsports (24)3.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)4.Ty DillonGermain Racing (13)5.Ryan NewmanRichard Childress Racing (6)6.Corey LaJoieTriStar Motorsports (32)7.Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas (10)8.Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family Racing (95)19.Matt TifftFront Row Motorsports (36)10.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)811.Landon CassillStarCom Racing (00)12.JJ YeleyRick Ware Racing (52)13.Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports (34)14.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)315.Bubba WallaceRichard Petty Motorsports (43)16.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing (21)117.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing (37)118.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing (8)19.Brendan GaughanBeard Motorsports (62)20.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing (42)5:31 p.m.: That’s it! NASCAR has called the race. Justin Haley is your winner.That winning [email protected]_Haley_ | @Spire77 pic.twitter.com/P2xlZbwc7s— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20195:00 p.m.: NASCAR has declard the track “lost,” meaning it will be at least two hours before the track is dry.4:43 p.m.: A return to racing is not looking promising.Now as I look at the radar as of 4:34 pm EDT – I’m not as optimistic – this 30 min lightning delay may be the nail as storms have increased organized and moving quickly to the NNE and trying to fill in #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/s61YFOccGL— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) July 7, 20194:36 p.m.: Another lightning strike. Rain has intensified.4:24 p.m.: Bad news. Lightning. At least 30 minutes until they can start again.4:23 p.m.: So many of these cars are being held together by tape and bags.4:22 p.m.: Raining everywhere but Daytona International Speedway.As we get back to racing the track appears to be surrounded by rain on three sides will monitor and hope we don’t fill in – no lightning but will continue to monitoring update as of 4:19 pm EDT #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/ti2GU6WyS8— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) July 7, 20194:17 p.m.: Drivers have been sent back to their cars.4:03 p.m.: The earliest they can restart is 30 minutes after lightning, so that would be at 4:10.3:50 p.m.: A few drops of rain have begun to fall.3:40 p.m.: There hasn’t been any rain, so the track is still dry. Just waiting on lightning to clear the radius.3:35 p.m.: This is just Haley’s third career Cup Series start. He is currently eighth in the Xfiinity Series standings.As we continue under red flag conditions, @justin_haley_ is scored as the leader.Live leaderboard: https://t.co/U3opOIdYnd pic.twitter.com/hkNm0lVN1q— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20193:20 p.m.: Red flag for lightning with 33 laps to go.. Haley is in first. Teams are told to cover the cars.3:18 p.m.: Interesting development. Kurt Busch just opted to pit under caution, sending Justin Haley to first. He was runner-up in Friday’s Xfinity race. Busch is furious. He was under the impression the race was about to go green.3:14 p.m.: Clint Bowyer is also finished. He is not happy with Dillon.”It was pretty foolish.” @ClintBowyer talks about Austin Dillon’s move that caused the big wreck at @DISUpdates. pic.twitter.com/axiLZiJbWs— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 7, 20193:11 p.m.: No surprise, but Austin Dillon’s day is over.3:08 p.m.: 38 laps to go and several cars hit pit road with storms approaching.3:02 p.m.: Kurt Busch and Ty Dillon somehow made it through unscathed. Busch is the new leader. All four Joe Gibbs Racing cars were involved.Here’s the running order after that big wreck. It will likely change:1. Kurt Busch2. Byron3. Johnson4. Ty Dillon5. DiBenedetto6. Cassill7. Justin Haley8. LaJoie9. Yeley10. Newman#CokeZeroSugar400— PRN (@PRNlive) July 7, 20192:59 p.m.: HUGE wreck. Yellow flag. Maybe 15 cars involved, all in the front. Started when Clint Bowyer clipped Austin Dillon.The Big One (July, 2019)#CokeZeroSugar400 | @DISupdates pic.twitter.com/e8E2Umvcm1— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 2019TROUBLE for … well … most of ’em pic.twitter.com/kHVTgI8ABh— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 7, 2019Austin Dillon goes around in front of the field, and practically everyone is collected in this big crash at @DISUpdates!Watch on @NBC or stream: https://t.co/UNrfpf97zY #CokeZeroSugar400 pic.twitter.com/qzWiWiZzGa— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 7, 20192:55 p.m.: There are five rows of three-wide racing! Looks like Denny Hamlin emerges from the pack as the leader.2:53 p.m.: Erik Jones, the winner of this race last year, has quietly made his way to second.2:50 p.m.: Wow. Austin Dillon wastes no time in retaking the lead.2:49 p.m.: Stage 3 is under green. Joey Logano and Ryan Newman are the front row.2:43 p.m.: Weather update:FYI as of 2:38 pm radar over @DISupdates – no active lightning within 12-15 miles of track also the heavy rain wnw and north seem to miss the track as of now #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/UaeVyT7WPN— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) July 7, 2019Stage 2 winner: Austin Dillon2:38 p.m.: Austin Dillon hangs on for the stage win and potentially the race win. Fellow Chevy drivers Alex Bowman and William Byron round out the top three. This race is officially official.2:37 p.m.: Two to go! Austin Dillon moves back in front.2:36 p.m.: Austin Dillon fails to block a charging Bowyer. Bowyer takes the lead.Watch @ClintBowyer surge by for the lead!Two laps to go and @austindillon3 and the 14 continue to fight for the Stage 2 win. pic.twitter.com/uNp97kPRXD— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20192:35 p.m.: Alex Bowman and William Byron are on Dillon’s tail with five laps left in Stage 2.2:32 p.m.: With 10 laps to go, only two drivers in the top 10 have wins this season. Drivers have been told lightning is moving into the area.Of the current top 10, only @chaseelliott and @AlexBowman88 have wins.A first-time winner could shake up the #NASCARPlayoffs picture! pic.twitter.com/QK2Vmo2Is3— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20192:29 p.m.: 14 laps to go. Bad weather is approaching. Chevrolet makes up the entire top five.2:23 p.m.: David Ragan was also damaged. Keseloski’s car is heading back to the garage. No. 2’s day is over.Brad Keselowski is done for the day after this wreck at Daytona.Kevin Harvick gets into the back of him, and mayhem ensues. Watch on @NBC or stream here: https://t.co/ciKLfM2Z8b #CokeZeroSugar400 pic.twitter.com/4cmsAwUoD3— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 7, 20192:21 p.m.: Big wreck…or rather multiple small wrecks. Fourth caution is out. Harvick hit Keselowski into the wall. Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric both go spinning through the infield.Chaos breaks out in Stage [email protected], @KevinHarvick, @DavidRagan, @Daniel_SuarezG and @DanielHemric among those damaged in this crash. #CokeZeroSugar400 pic.twitter.com/7JY4pJlc4U— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20192:20 p.m.: Plenty of tight, three-wide racing on this restart.2:18 p.m.: Back under green with 22 laps to go in Stage 2.2:13 p.m.: Caution is out as Kurt Busch just loses control and hits the wall. He bounced down and clipped Brendan Gaughan.Caution after trouble for Kurt Busch and Brendan GaughanLive scoring: https://t.co/hAuffxkXy1 pic.twitter.com/lc5W8jUrQX— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 7, 20192:11 p.m.: Stenhouse is flying by drivers like they’re in slow motion. He’s up to seventh already after the wreck.We’ve got our 👀 on @StenhouseJr going back through the field. Wow.📺: NBC pic.twitter.com/adCqm8vrv6— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20192:09 p.m.: William Byron has moved up to third for the first time today.2:04 p.m.: Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon both quickly pass Bowyer.2:02 p.m.: Back under green with Clint Bowyer in first. 30 laps left in Stage [email protected] goes around as he tries to block @KurtBusch. #CokeZeroSugar400 pic.twitter.com/mxbSXiv2dC— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20191:55 p.m.: Caution is out. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. goes spinning through the infield after Kurt Busch clips his tail.1:54 p.m.: It’s a race to finish Stage 2 before the rain comes.Storms forming within 15 miles of @DISupdates as of 1:40 pm EDT no immediate threat but it’s the rain you don’t see (not formed) on radar you have to worry about this after as more and more storms form west of the track #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/vwrRP6ln3V— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) July 7, 20191:53 p.m.: Green flag for Stage 2.1:49 p.m.: Paul Menard and Brad Keselowski both make some heavy side contact, but avoid any catastrophe.Stage 1 winner: Joey Logano1:43 p.m.: Joey Logano passes Harvick in the final stretch to win Stage 1. Harvick was passed by several on the final lap.Joey Logano wins Stage 1 of the #CokeZeroSugar400 with a last-lap pass!2. Stenhouse3. Blaney4. Harvick5. Elliott6. Suarez7. Bowyer8. Hamllin9. Keselowski10. Truex pic.twitter.com/2JBwnEghmw— PRN (@PRNlive) July 7, 20191:39 p.m.: Ford has decided to align on the outside line along the the wall.1:35 p.m.: So many cars pitted simultaneously that Aric Almirola couldn’t fit into his pit box. He dropped to 33rd.What a save by @dennyhamlin !Calamity on pit road as the No. 11 locks it up but hangs on, presented by @CocaColaRacing. #CokeZeroSugar400 pic.twitter.com/4E2ExlFcpY— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 7, 20191:33 p.m.: The pit cycle has started, led by Joey Logano. Most drivers are just taking fuel. Kevin Harvick beat Logano off pit road.1:31 p.m.: 35 laps in, and Ford is dominating this race.It’s a blue oval party at the front with Fords running positions 1-91. Logano2. Harvick3. Keselowski4. Suarez5. Stenhouse6. Ragan7. Blaney8. Mcdowell9. Menard10. Ty dillon#CokeZeroSugar400— PRN (@PRNlive) July 7, 20191:26 p.m.: Crew cheifs are opting to pit later in the stage today than they would have had the race been run last night. The hot temperature is a big factor.1:24 p.m.: Halfway through Stage 1, it sounds like drivers will begin pitting in about 10 [email protected]_Penske is joined by @KevinHarvick in the top four.Three @JoeGibbsRacing cars make up the next group. #CokeZeroSugar400 pic.twitter.com/IJVFSC3ZZD— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20191:20 p.m.: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch are arguing about drafting with each other in their Toyotas. Hamlin breaks off.1:14 p.m.: Chris Buescher’s decal is literally falling apart. That is going to need to be addressed. He is currently ninth.1:09 p.m.: Car manufacturers are going with some clear team strategy today. Fords make up the top four, followed by a pair of Chevrolets.1:05 p.m.: Here we go. Green flag! Need 100 laps to make this race count.1:03 p.m.: Also important.The @uswnt are champions again.AMERICA. 1776. WE. ARE. THE. CHAMPS! 🇺🇸Now get to @NBC for the @NASCAR race at @DISUpdates! pic.twitter.com/GrbRIR4l8I— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 7, 201912:47 p.m.: A breakdown of today’s race.Info for today’s #CokeZeroSugar400 :Distance: 160 Laps, 400 MilesStages: 50 / 100 / 160Average time of race: 3:03:41Fuel window: 40 laps#NASCAR— Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin) July 7, 2019Sunday 12:20 p.m.: They’re at least going to start on time. Welcome to Daytona International Speedway! #CokeZeroSugar400 pic.twitter.com/QeWLGJXzZt— Daytona International Speedway (@DISupdates) July 7, 2019Saturday 8:17 p.m.: That’s a wrap for tonight. Race postponed to Sunday at 1 p.m..NEWS: The #CokeZeroSugar400 has been postponed due to inclement weather.Tune in to see the race on Sunday at 1 PM ET on NBC and the @NBCSports app: https://t.co/WmeF6WXk3W pic.twitter.com/13OxBZiyWQ— #NASCARSalutes (@NASCAR) July 7, 20197:40 p.m.: How soon may fans find out if there will be racing on Saturday? Sunday’s forecast doesn’t look much better.Watching radar – I’m becoming cautiously optimistic – one Radar I’m watching is showing the rain diminishing I hoped for both over @DISupdates and south of the track – it comes down to timing – Hearing a hard deadline of 8:15 pm EDT rain needs to end and drying commencing— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) July 6, 20197:21 p.m.: For the second race in a row, we are in a weather delay.6:50 pm EDT Radar @DISupdates – heavy rain from the track to Orlando converging in that area – will monitor and update in an hour and see if anything is diminishing or weakening #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/pl8t3Nffzl— Brian Neudorff (@NASCAR_WXMAN) July 6, 2019last_img

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