Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 Tag

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Hattori Racing Enterprises will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway with Austin Hill. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series regular will attempt his Xfinity Series debut in the organization’s No. 61 AISIN Group Toyota Supra in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250. Hill will have to qualify the No. 61 Supra on time since the team does not compete full-time in Xfinity competition. HRE last competed in the Xfinity Series in 2015 with Ross Kenseth. In nine series starts, the team has oneRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the two NASCAR Xfinity Series events held at Daytona International Speedway in 2018, Elliott Sadler has lost them both in photo finishes with a combined margin of victory of 0.005 seconds. On Friday night, Sadler looked as if he would finally get the monkey off his back and make a return to victory lane, only to see Justin Haley swoop past him and Kyle Larson en route to the finish and Larson nip him at the line after Haley’s move wasRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer  After surviving the chaos, Timmy Hill earns the first-ever top-10 finish for Carl Long as either a driver or a team owner. Feel good stories from underdog teams are often a theme at Daytona International Speedway, and the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 was no different. Hill, an eight-year veteran of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, somehow kept his No. 66 VSI Racing Patriotic / Toyota Camry out of trouble throughout the night. On the final restart, he was just inside the top-10, battling stars Daniel Hemric,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer “I don’t think I’m going to get an explanation. That’s just how NASCAR works,” said Justin Haley. In just his second NASCAR Xfinity Series start, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular appeared to have snookered the field and scored his first win in Friday’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. However, the celebration was snatched away after NASCAR made the call that Haley advanced his position below the yellow line on the final lap in Turn 4 to get by both Kyle LarsonRead More

Posted On July 6, 2018By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Headline News, Xfinity

Larson Gets Wild Overtime Win at Daytona

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race ended with a sweep, and overtime and two broken hearts. Five laps later than the scheduled 100, Kyle Larson got the victory in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 by .005 seconds over Elliott Sadler, who finished second at Daytona for the third straight race. But Larson’s victory wasn’t official until NASCAR demoted Justin Haley, who made a dramatic pass for the lead coming to the finish line but dipped below the yellow line dividing the racingRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Early on in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona, Christopher Bell found himself sitting sideways in his pit box with the entire field passing him by. By the time the checkered flag flew, all of that was in his rearview mirror as he brought home a third-place finish in overtime. Bell started the day in sixth-place and though he finished the first stage outside the top-10, things took a turn when the field hit pit road. To make matters even worse, BellRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer Determination, luck, and doing more with less, were the stories of Kaz Grala’s Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Grala’s team, Fury Race Cars LLC., is still competing on a race-to-race basis in the NASCAR Xfinity Series pending sponsorship. With a limited supply of racecars as well, the team used a retired Stewart-Haas Racing showcar. The showcar was also a former Evernham Motorsports car, a team that last competed in the Series under the Gillett-Evernham banner in 2008. Besides determination, Grala had a littleRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer Although over two months have passed, Ryan Preece is looking to go back-to-back in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The last time Preece competed in the Xfinity Series, he won at Bristol Motor Speedway, capturing the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus in the process. The Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 will mark Preece’s third trip to Daytona International Speedway. As he did when he won at Bristol, he will drive the No. 18 Rheem Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. In his two previous starts at ‘TheRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer It’s the 16th race of the season and only three full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars has scored a victory. The Xfinity Series returns to Daytona International Speedway for the second time this season, this time for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250. Cup drivers, the unpredictability of restrictor-plate racing, and stage racing are just some of the storylines heading into the 16th race of the season. Coverage for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 is scheduled to start Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The ‘World Center of Racing’ has held theRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer For nearly 30 years, restrictor plates and both Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway have been viewed as the ‘great equalizers’ for all three of NASCAR’s National Series. Restrictor plates reduce horsepower, and in turn, keep speeds in check, but they also keep the field in a ‘draft-lock’ like situation. These ‘draft-lock’ packs are prone to massive wrecks that often involve 10 or more cars. In the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, less than half of the field avoided both of theRead More