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UPS Delivers in Daytona!
by B C,posted Jul 5 2011 10:21AM
Redemption for David Ragan wins at Daytona, but is it enough to save his sponsor or his ride?: #6 David Ragan won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 1st career win. With the win, Ragan now moves into 17th in the drivers points and is currently in the 2nd Chase Wild Card spot. The win is the first for a UPS sponsored car since Dale Jarrett won at Talladega in Oct. 2005. The UPS sponsorship contract is up at the end of this season and is rumored to be leaving Roush-Fenway for another team. We will keep you posted.
#17 Matt Kenseth finished second followed by #20 Joey Logano, #4 Kasey Kahne, #18 Kyle Busch, #24 Jeff Gordon, #29 Kevin Harvick, #27 Paul Menard, #42 Juan Montoya and #43 A.J. Allmendinger.
Pole Sitter #5 Mark Martin was involved in the first 'big one' late in the race and finished 33rd. Daytona 500 winner and outside pole sitter, #21 Trevor Bayne, wrecked on lap 5 and finished 41st.
The points leader going in to the race, #99 Carl Edwards, wrecked early in the race and finished 37th and lost the points lead to 3 time winner this season #29 Kevin Harvick, who leads the points by 5 points.
There were 57 lead changes among 25 drivers; 6 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Daytona, race 17 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 586
2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 581, -5
3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 576, -10
4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 570, -16
5) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 564, -22
6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 564, -22
7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 534, -52
8) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 519, -67
9) #33-Clint Bowyer, 505, -81
10) #39-Ryan Newman, 498, -88 wild cards
11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 495, -91 [11th in points]
12) #6-David Ragan [1 win], 457, -129 [17th in points]
Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 23rd, 19 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 28th, 69 pts out of 20th
Joey Logano wins at Daytona and onlyled just one lap, but it was the one that counts as he took the checkered flag for the “Subway Jalapeno 250” at Daytona International Speedway. This is Joey Logano's first victory at Daytona; his 9th series victory overall. A multi-car crash coming off turn four as the field came to the final flag saw several of the lead pack get caught up, including Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick. Patrick had a really strong car; had led laps, but made contact with Mike Wallace on that final lap resulting in a 10th place finish. #38-Jason Leffler finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #32-Reed Sorenson, #18-Kyle Busch, #31-Justin Allgier, #62-Michael Annett, #09-Kenny Wallace, #2-Elliott Salder, #88-Aric Almirola, #7-Danica Patrick. There were 36 lead changes among 13 drivers; with 6 caution flags for 23 laps.
Inaugural KentuckySpeedway Sprint Cup race sold out!!! Kentucky Speedway announces it has sold out the 107,000 grandstand tickets available for the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Quaker State 400” will air on TNT at 7:30pm, or fans who wish to witness NASCAR history July 9 can still take advantage of the speedway’s Pit Road Club that offers an infield view of the race action from behind pit road wall or $60 standing room only tickets that will provide viewing access to the Turn 1 and Turn 4 concourses. Either can be purchased by logging onto kentuckyspeedway.com or by call 888-652-7223 and 859-578-2300.
Kentucky Speedway’s first NASCAR tripleheader weekend opens Thursday, July 7 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series “UNOH 225” live on SPEED TV at 8:00pm
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