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August 29, 2021

NASCAR: Blaney takes the victory, Reddick clinches the Playoff spot, and Larson wins Regular Season Championship at Daytona

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Photo: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Hyperice Chevrolet, leads the field to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.


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Photo: Jason White, driver of the #66 A-Game/CMR Construction Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Hyperice Chevrolet, Harrison Burton, driver of the #20 Offerpad Toyota, Justin Haley, driver of the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, and Jordan Anderson, driver of the #31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.


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Photo: A general view of cars racing past the grandstands during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.


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Photo: Jeb Burton, driver of the #10 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet, Christopher Bell, driver of the #54 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota, Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, and Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 29, 2021 — The Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway unfolded as billed with dramatic action all Saturday night. It included 45 lead changes, a 14-minute Red Flag period, and a wild final lap of overtime to decide the championship Playoff picture.

Ultimately, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney managed it all and took his second NASCAR Cup Series victory in as many weeks as a colossal multi-car accident happened behind him in the last corners of the track on the final lap.

Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford led only seven of the 165 laps, but the North Carolinian took the lead from fellow Ford driver Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher for the two laps of overtime to claim his third win of the season and seventh of his career.

In a close and suspenseful battle with Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick earned the 16th and final playoff position with a fifth-place finish.

“How about that,” Blaney said. “That was a lot of fun. But, gosh, we just barely missed that wreck. Got to line up on the front row and got a good push by the 7 (Corey LaJoie). You never know how the end of these things is going to play out. Down the back, you don’t know what lane is getting a bigger run. I guess someone got tangled up over there. Hopefully, everyone is okay.”

Kyle Larson, who has a series-best five wins on the season, clinched his first NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship with a 21st-place finish. Both he and Denny Hamlin were in the last lap wreck. Hamlin, who has led the points standings for all but three of the previous 25 race weekends, finished 14th.

“Got good momentum,” Blaney said, smiling, “Nice to make it three in a row. We’ll see.”

Bubba Wallace, who led eight laps late in the race, finished second - his best 2021 season. Ryan Newman, Ryan Preece, and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five, a season-best for Newman and Preece as well.

Haley was sixth, followed by Alex Bowman, who won the Xfinity Series race earlier in the afternoon. Chase Elliott, B.J. McLeod, and Josh Bilicki rounded out the top 10. It was McLeod’s first top-10 finish in 76 NASCAR Cup Series starts.


• NASCAR Cup Series Race - 63rd Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Saturday, August 28, 2021.

RACE RESULTS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 142.201 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 54 Mins, 3 Secs. The margin of Victory: Under Caution Seconds.

Source: NASCAR

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