The Daytona 500 kicked off the NASCAR season in bizarre fashion. Crashes took out many big-name contenders and, in the end, fuel was the deciding factor. Dan Lucas joins us live from Daytona international speedway with a dream finish for driver Kurt Busch.
After a day, we thought we may run out of cars on the track, Kurt Busch hung around the leaders and had enough gas in the tank to win his first Daytona 500.
“it ran out of gas pulling into victory lane. “
If the race were much longer, even Kurt Busch might have drifted to the back. One by one, Busch watched contenders chase Elliott, martin Truex Jr and Kyle Larson all run out of fuel as he coasted across the finish line for his first ever Daytona 500 victory.
Busch’s car showed scars from a brutal day in Daytona. A who’s who of drivers knocked out by crashes. Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson, brad Keselowski. 15 cars in all failed to finish.
“around lap 80, we were taking the green and everybody took the green like it was a green white checker. I’m like, where’s everybody going? They just kept wrecking and wrecking.”
“and now with the stages, there’s points on the line so I think Daytona is the most amped up”
In the end, a calculated check list for the champion to get to the finish line. A list that had included some unanswered goals.
“I’m sitting there going, I’ve won the coke 600 but I haven’t won Darlington, I haven’t won Daytona. I haven’t won Indianapolis. We checked one off the list”
Elliott wound up fading to 14th. And another year of “oh so close” for martin Truex Jr He finished 13th.
All right, Dan Lucas reporting from the Daytona 500… Thanks for your reports…