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2nd    Brian Vickers

9th     Clint Bowyer

Michael Waltrip finished 19th driving for Jay Robinson Racing

 

Brian Vickers Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron’s/Florida State University Dream Machine driver Brian Vickers finished second in Sunday’s rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 30th and raced to 13th in the opening laps. He asked his spotter to move him out of the three-wide racing at the front of the field to avoid trouble. On lap 21 his prediction came true. Vickers escaped damage by avoiding a 16-car accident on the front stretch. When the race restarted he dropped to the back of the field and again escaped damage when a lap 98 accident collected 26 cars. After the caution he restarted fifth and moved to second when a caution came for rain that ended the race on lap 112. The No. 55 Aaron’s team returns to action Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway where Vickers is the defending winner.

 

  • Started 30th and finished second
  • Avoided multicar accidents on lap 21 and 98
  • Moved to second when rain ended the race on lap 112
  • Third top-five finish in 2014; sixth top-10.

 

VICKERS QUOTE: “I just had a bad feeling about kind of the energy in the pack and where it was headed so we dropped back and about two laps later there was a big crash and we were fortunate to be out of that. I saw (the second wreck) kind of starting out of the corner of my eye. A car from the outside to the inside just went way too quick and I just jumped on the brakes and then as soon as I saw an opening downshifted and just went to the gas and just was able to get through it. I’m very lucky to get through that wreck and keep the FSU car out of trouble. The guys did a great job. They called a great race and put me in a position to win there at the end. We were just a lap away from an opportunity to make a pass. I had one shot at the 43 (Aric Almirola) with a run and the 13 (Casey Mears) got to my right rear corner and I just couldn’t move up and do anything with it. We were just kind of stuck there and then the rain just came at the wrong time for us and the right time for them. It’s unfortunate. I’m just really proud of everyone on this Aaron’s Dream Machine team. They’ve done a great job getting the momentum going back in the right direction and that’s what we need right now. We would’ve really have loved to put this Florida State University National Champions car in victory lane.

 

Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 RK Motors Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished ninth in Sunday’s rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 34th and stayed at the back of the field in the early going avoiding damage on a lap 21 accident that included 16 cars. Bowyer made his charge to the front as the halfway mark approached climbing in the top 10. A 26-car accident on lap 98 saw the No. 15 slide through the grass suffering only minor damage and remaining on the lead lap. When the race restarted he climbed to ninth but rain ended the race on lap 112. The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY team returns to action Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

  • Started 34th and finished ninth
  • Stayed at the back of the pack in the early going avoiding a 16-car wreck on lap 21
  • Climbed into top-10 near halfway mark
  • Slid through grass but suffered only minor damage in 26-car wreck on lap 98
  • Raced in ninth when rain ended race on lap 112

 

BOWYER QUOTE: Did your race car almost get tipped over during the accident on lap 98?

“Yeah, she kind of did the hospital hop there and had me concerned when it went like that and you’re completely sideways running 200 miles an hour, but it went back down. Man, it’s just too bad. Look how many cars are tore up. These guys spend so much time working on these things. I mean, they work so hard when they come down here and now they’re just scrap.”

 

Were you worried about your splitter when you went through the grass?

“Yeah, once it came back down I was trying to keep it sideways because we’ve seen on the first wreck everybody that kind of missed it went through the grass and just rips the whole front end off of it. So, I was actually trying to keep it sideways and swung back around and dug in twice pretty hard and I was like, ‘Well, there went the splitter.’ And, we came back around and were pretty good so I think we’re fine.”

 

Michael Waltrip Race Summary: No. 66 Toyota driver Michael Waltrip finished 19th in Sunday’s rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The Jay Robinson Racing driver started 41st and raced near there when the first caution flag flew on lap 5 for rain. On lap 21, Waltrip avoided the first multi-car accident that collected 16 drivers. The Owensboro, Ky., native dropped a lap to the leaders just past halfway but avoided trouble in a 26-car accident on lap 98. As the laps wound down, Waltrip prepared to race to the front, but rain forced NASCAR to end the race on lap 112.  

 

  • Started 30th and finished 19th
  • Drove for Jay Robinson Racing.
  • Went a lap down to the leaders just past halfway
  • Avoided the multicar accidents on lap 21 and lap 98
  • Rain ended plans to drive to front in final 50 laps

 

WALTRIP QUOTE: “We started in the back and had a little trouble keeping up with the draft. That enabled us to miss a couple of the wrecks. I was really looking forward to the last 50 laps. We had survived and our car was in great shape. A lot of cars had wrecked and I was ready to go. If I got the right car behind me I could have run with the leaders. I hate it rained. Brian (Vickers) had a car that could have won, Clint (Bowyer) was fast all day and I was in a great place to go up and get some spots as well. I wish we could have finished it but that isn’t the way it worked out. I had a great time. I am really thankful Jay Robinson asked me to drive his car. I loved working with Scott Eggleston (Crew Chief) again. I really enjoyed driving the No. 66. Those guys work hard week in and week out to put a car on the track and get all they can get. I think I was in the position to get them a lot more than we actually did. I am thankful they gave me the chance and I look forward to helping them in the future.”

 

RACE NOTES:

  • Aric Almirola won the race that rain ended on lap 112
  • The race lasted two hours and nine minutes
  • The race featured 21 lead changes among 14 drivers
  • The race was slowed by six cautions for 29 laps

 

RESULTS

1          Aric Almirola

2          Brian Vickers

3          Kurt Busch

4          Casey Mears

5          Austin Dillon

6          Denny Hamlin

7          Michael McDowell

8          Danica Patrick

9          Clint Bowyer

10        Marcos Ambrose

11        Terry Labonte

12        Jeff Gordon

13        Alex Bowman

14        Dale Earnhardt Jr

15        Martin Truex Jr

16        Paul Menard

17        Joey Logano

18        Brad Keselowski

19        Michael Waltrip

20        Matt Kenseth

21        Michael Annett

22        David Ragan

23        Josh Wise

24        Ryan Newman

25        Justin Allgaier

26        Bobby Labonte

27        Kasey Kahne

28        Kyle Busch

29        Greg Biffle

30        Jamie McMurray

31        Landon Cassill

32        Ryan Truex

33        Reed Sorenson

34        Cole Whitt

35        David Gilliland

36        Kyle Larson

37        Carl Edwards

38        Trevor Bayne

39        Kevin Harvick

40        Tony Stewart

41        Ricky Stenhouse Jr

42        Jimmie Johnson

43        AJ Allmendinger

 

 

CHASE POINTS (Top 16 earn Chase berths)

RK       DRIVER                      POINTS          WINS

1          Jimmie Johnson         596                  3

2          Dale Earnhardt Jr.      624                  2

3          Brad Keselowski         586                  2

4          Joey Logano               546                  2

5          Carl Edwards              543                  2

6          Kevin Harvick             514                  2

7          Jeff Gordon                651                  1

8          Kyle Busch                  523                  1

9          Denny Hamlin             493                  1

10        Aric Almirola               452                  1

11        Kurt Busch                  422                  1

12        Matt Kenseth               581                  0

13        Ryan Newman            534                  0

14        Paul Menard               516                  0

15        Clint Bowyer               509                  0

16        Austin Dillon                494                  0

17        Greg Biffle                  491                  0

18        Brian Vickers              484                  0

19        Kyle Larson                 482                  0

20        Kasey Kahne              482                  0

21        Marcos Ambrose        472                  0

22        Tony Stewart              465                  0

23        Jamie McMurray        447                  0

24        Casey Mears              438                  0

25        AJ Allmendinger         414                  0

26        Martin Truex Jr.          414                  0

27        Danica Patrick            358                  0

28        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.   342                  0

29        Justin Allgaier              319                  0

30        Michael Annett            299                  0

31        David Gilliland             256                  0

32        Cole Whitt                   254                  0

33        David Ragan               234                  0

34        Reed Sorenson           228                  0

35        Alex Bowman             227                  0


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