Chase Elliott edges Joey Logano in close finish to win Xfinity opener at Daytona

ChaseThe 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) champion, Chase Elliott, held off Joey Logano – by 0.043 seconds – early Saturday evening to win the 2016 NXS season opener, the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

Elliott, who is not running for points in this series, received his fifth series career victory in 67 races and his first series victory in five races at DIS.

Following Elliott and Logano (led the most laps – 40 out of 120) to the drop of the checkered flag were Kasey Kahne finishing third, Elliott Sadler fourth and Austin Dillon finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. claiming sixth, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Brandon Jones seventh, Daniel Suarez eighth, Blake Koch ninth and Brendan Gaughan bringing home 10th-place.

Elliott Sadler was the highest points finishing driver in the series with his fourth-place finish, and leaves Daytona the points leader with a 3-point lead over Wallace Jr.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 151.176 MPH
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 59 Mins, 04 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.043 Seconds
Lead Changes: 19 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 17 laps

Up Next: The NXS joins the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for a double-header at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 27th, with the NXS Heads Up Georgia 250 at 1:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and the NCWTS Georgia 200 starting approximately at 4:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Powershares QQQ 300 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Lead Points Bonus Points
1 88 Chase Elliott (i) 120 Running 19 0 0
2 22 Joey Logano(i) 120 Running 40 0 0
3 5 Kasey Kahne (i) 120 Running 30 0 0
4 1 Elliot Sadler 120 Running 4 38 1
5 2 Austin Dillon (i) 120 Running 5 0 0
6 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 120 Running 0 35 0
7 33 Brandon Jones # 120 Running 0 34 0
8 19 Daniel Suarez 120 Running 0 33 0
9 11 Blake Koch 120 Running 0 32 0
10 62 Brendan Gaughan 120 Running 9 32 1
11 98 Aric Almirola (i) 120 Running 9 0 1
12 7 Justin Allgaier 120 Running 0 29 0
13 3 Ty Dillon 120 Running 2 29 1
14 28 Dakoda Armstrong 120 Running 0 27 0
15 51 Jeremy Clements 119 Running 0 26 0
16 16 Ryan Reed 119 Running 0 25 0
17 05 John Wes Townley (i) 119 Running 0 0 0
18 44 David Starr 119 Running 0 23 0
19 87 Joe Nemechek (i) 119 Running 2 0 0
20 39 Ryan Sieg 119 Running 0 21 0
21 24 Matt Tifft (i) 119 Running 0 0 0
22 4 Ross Chastain 118 Running 0 19 0
23 18 Bobby Labonte (i) 118 Running 0 0 0
24 78 BJ McLeod # 118 Running 0 17 0
25 43 Jeb Burton 118 Running 0 16 0
26 46 Anthony Kumpen 118 Running 0 15 0
27 48 Brennan Poole # 117 Running 0 14 0
28 25 Chris Cockrum 117 Running 0 13 0
29 93 Scott Lagasse Jr 117 Running 0 12 0
30 0 Eric McClure 117 Running 0 11 0
31 20 Erik Jones # 115 Running 0 10 0
32 52 Joey Gase 114 Running 0 9 0
33 07 Ray Black Jr # 114 Running 0 8 0
34 42 Kyle Larson(i) 111 Running 0 0 0
35 14 Benny Gordon 103 Transmission 0 6 0
36 89 Morgan Shepherd 59 Rear Gear 0 5 0
37 17 Jeff Green 50 Transmission 0 4 0
38 90 Martin Roy 22 Accident 0 3 0
39 85 Bobby Gerhart 6 Accident 0 2 0
40 01 Ryan Preece # 5 Accident 0 1 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Point Standings
After Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 1 Elliot Sadler 38 Leader 1 0 1 1 0
2 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 35 -3 1 0 0 1 0
3 33 Brandon Jones # 34 -4 1 0 0 1 0
4 19 Daniel Suarez 33 -5 1 0 0 1 0
5 11 Blake Koch 32 -6 1 0 0 1 0
6 62 Brendan Gaughan 32 -6 1 0 0 1 0
7 7 Justin Allgaier 29 -9 1 0 0 0 0
8 3 Ty Dillon 29 -9 1 0 0 0 0
9 28 Dakoda Armstrong 27 -11 1 0 0 0 0
10 51 Jeremy Clements 26 -12 1 0 0 0 0
11 16 Ryan Reed 25 -13 1 0 0 0 0
12 44 David Starr 23 -15 1 0 0 0 0
13 39 Ryan Sieg 21 -17 1 0 0 0 0
14 4 Ross Chastain 19 -19 1 0 0 0 0
15 78 BJ McLeod # 17 -21 1 0 0 0 0
16 43 Jeb Burton 16 -22 1 0 0 0 0
17 46 Anthony Kumpen 15 -23 1 0 0 0 0
18 48 Brennan Poole # 14 -24 1 0 0 0 0
19 25 Chris Cockrum 13 -25 1 0 0 0 0
20 93 Scott Lagasse Jr 12 -26 1 0 0 0 0
21 0 Eric McClure 11 -27 1 0 0 0 0
22 20 Erik Jones # 10 -28 1 0 0 0 0
23 52 Joey Gase 9 -29 1 0 0 0 0
24 07 Ray Black Jr # 8 -30 1 0 0 0 0
25 14 Benny Gordon 6 -32 1 0 0 0 1
26 89 Morgan Shepherd 5 -33 1 0 0 0 1
27 17 Jeff Green 4 -34 1 0 0 0 1
28 90 Martin Roy 3 -35 1 0 0 0 1
29 85 Bobby Gerhart 2 -36 1 0 0 0 1
30 01 Ryan Preece # 1 -37 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Standing
After Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Rick Hendrick 88 1 44 Leader 1
2 Roger Penske 22 0 41 -3 1
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 5 0 39 -5 1
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr 1 0 38 -6 1
5 Richard Childress 2 0 37 -7 1
6 Jack Roush 6 0 35 -9 1
7 Richard Childress 33 0 34 -10 1
8 Joe Gibbs 19 0 33 -11 1
9 Matthew Kaulig 11 0 32 -12 1
10 Richard Childress 62 0 32 -12 1
11 Kelly Earnhardt-Miller 7 0 29 -15 1
12 Richard Childress 3 0 29 -15 1
13 James Whitener 28 0 27 -17 1
14 Tony Clements 51 0 26 -18 1
15 Jack Roush 16 0 25 -19 1
16 Tony Townley 05 0 24 -20 1
17 Mark Smith 44 0 23 -21 1
18 Andrea Nemechek 87 0 23 -21 1
19 Rod Sieg 39 0 21 -23 1
20 Gregg Mixon 24 0 20 -24 1
21 Gary Keller 4 0 19 -25 1
22 JD Gibbs 18 0 18 -26 1
23 BJ McLeod 78 0 17 -27 1
24 Richard Petty 43 0 16 -28 1
25 Rick Gdovic 46 0 15 -29 1
26 Chip Ganassi 48 0 14 -30 1
27 Rick Ware 25 0 13 -31 1
28 Rod Sieg 93 0 12 -32 1
29 Gary Cogswell 0 0 11 -33 1
30 Joe Gibbs 20 0 10 -34 1
31 Jimmy Means 52 0 9 -35 1
32 Bobby Dotter 07 0 8 -36 1
33 Chip Ganassi 42 0 7 -37 1
34 Mark Smith 14 0 6 -38 1
35 Cindy Shepherd 89 0 5 -39 1
36 Fred Biagi 98 0 4 -40 1
37 Rick Ware 17 0 4 -40 1
38 Michelle Gosselin 90 0 3 -41 1
39 William Gerhart 85 0 2 -42 1
40 Johnny Davis 01 0 1 -43 1
41 Derek White 13 0 0 -44 1
42 Rick Ware 15 0 0 -44 1
43 Derek White 40 0 0 -44 1
44 Mary Louise Miller 70 0 0 -44 1
45 Mike Harmon 74 0 0 -44 1
46 Michelle Gosselin 92 0 0 -44 1
47 Victor Obaika 97 0 0 -44 1
48 Jessica Smith 99 0 0 -44 1

 

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 1 at Daytona International Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 1 44 Leader
2 Ford 0 41 -3
3 Toyota 0 33 -11
4 Dodge 0 0 -44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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