auto racing roundup Saturday’s race results
NASCAR CUP SERIES
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins crash-filled race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced to his second victory of the season — and second on a restrictor-plate track — Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Stenhouse picked up his first career NACAR Cup Series win in May at Talladega.
He earned this one for Roush Fenway Racing on a two-lap overtime sprint when leader David Ragan tried to block the field and lost momentum. Stenhouse squirted by and held on for the victory.
Clint Bowyer was second, followed by Paul Menard, Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman and Ragan.
Brendan Gaughan, AJ Allmendinger, Erik Jones and Chris Buescher rounded out a bizarre top 10. Many of the top contenders were knocked out in accidents, including Stenhouse’s girlfriend, Danica Patrick.
She also was out of the race when he won at Talladega.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. scraped the wall in a race billed as his final Cup Series start at Daytona. 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.
He made his way to pit row, but lost two laps while getting repairs. The damage likely will end Earnhardt’s chances of picking up his 18th career victory at the famed speedway. Earnhardt was the pole-sitter and overwhelming favorite to win the race. He clearly had one of the fastest cars in the field and spent much of the first two stages up front.
Earnhardt announced in April that this would be his final full-time season in NASCAR’s top series. He plans to drive a handful of races in the second-tier Xfinity Series, but has not committed to running at Daytona again.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
William Byron wins second straight race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
William Byron got his second win of the season, and this time he got to do it in front of his bosses. Byron won his second consecutive Xfinity Series race on Saturday by leading a 1-2 finish at Daytona International Speedway for JR Motorsports. Byron raced to his first career Xfinity victory last weekend at Iowa, but team owners Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick weren’t at the track to see him.
This time, Hendrick was the first person to the window of his car in victory lane. The 19-year-old became the youngest series winner at Daytona. He used a push from teammate Elliott Sadler to clear the traffic on the restart. Byron was aided when Erik Jones was knocked out of line, and it gave Byron a clear lead. An accident behind the lead pack caused the race to end under yellow.