William Byron wins rain-delayed XFinity Series 250 Firecracker race at Daytona Int'l Speedway

Photos for Headline Surfer / William Byron wins the NASCAR XFINITY Series Race - Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2017 in front of a sparse crowd, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The race, which started Friday night,  took nearly 21 hours to compete due to several cautions and red flag stops due to rain before it was completed on Saturday. YouTube video download shows the 'Big One,' an 18-car wreck on lap 99. 
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a race that that took nearly 21 hours to complete due mostly to rain, William Byron won Saturday’s weather-delayed Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Byron took the lead from Joey Logano on Lap 98 of a scheduled 100 in the XFinity race, when Byron’s front bumper sent Logano’s No. 22 Ford plowing through the infield grass below the backstretch. "I was just trying to push him to make it a two-man race," Byron said after doubling up on his victory last week at Iowa Speedway. "There was some room, and I got him a little squirrely." Byron picked up his first win at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in seven days -- and the second of his career -- two weeks after finishing second to Denny Hamlin by .012 seconds at Michigan.

William Byron wins rain-daled XFinity race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL / Headline SurferWilliam Byron, shown here, wins the rain-delayed and crash-marred XFinity Series 250 Firecracker race at Daytona.

Byron took the lead from Joey Logano on Lap 98 of a scheduled 100 in the XFinity race, when Byron’s front bumper sent Logano’s No. 22 Ford plowing through the infield grass below the backstretch. 

"I was just trying to push him to make it a two-man race," Byron said after doubling up on his victory last week at Iowa Speedway. "There was some room, and I got him a little squirrely." 

Byron picked up his first win at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in seven days -- and the second of his career -- two weeks after finishing second to Denny Hamlin by .012 seconds at Michigan.

The race, which started on Friday night but was postponed after 11 laps, ended under caution when NASCAR threw the yellow flag for a wreck on the backstretch after Byron had crossed the overtime line. The 19-year-old driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet led JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler to the checkered flag. In between the Friday start and the Saturday finish were three red-flag periods – the first of more than 16 hours for the rain delay, a second of 2 hours 29 minutes for lightning and rain and a third to clean up a late wreck.

Logano’s trip through the grass didn’t necessitate a caution, but a massive 18-car wreck on the backstretch brought out the eighth yellow on Lap 99 and forced the overtime. Byron surged to the front after a restart on lap 103 and held the spot until NASCAR called the final caution for the wreck on the backstretch.

Byron led a race-high 29 laps.

"We've had a great last three weeks," he said. "I think, as a team, we're getting more and more confident."

 Order of Finish:
               1. (3) William Byron #, Chevrolet, 104.
               2. (7) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 104.
               3. (21) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 104.
               4. (17) Jeb Burton, Toyota, 104.
               5. (33) David Starr, Chevrolet, 104.
               6. (20) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 104.
               7. (1) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 104.
               8. (10) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 104.
               9. (9) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 104.
               10. (34) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 104.
               11. (31) BJ McLeod, Toyota, 104.
               12. (30) Ray Black II, Chevrolet, 104.
               13. (37) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 104.
               14. (24) Scott Lagasse Jr., Toyota, 104.
               15. (38) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 104.
               16. (2) Ben Kennedy #, Chevrolet, 104.
               17. (36) Timmy Hill, Dodge, 104.
               18. (6) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 104.
               19. (16) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, 104.
               20. (40) Jeff Green, Toyota, 104.
               21. (15) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 104.
               22. (19) Cole Custer #, Ford, 104.
               23. (35) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 104.
               24. (22) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 104.
               25. (14) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 104.
               26. (29) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 104.
               27. (13) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, Accident, 103.
               28. (27) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, Accident, 102.
               29. (39) Mark Thompson, Toyota, Accident, 102.
               30. (25) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, Accident, 100.
               31. (12) Ryan Reed, Ford, Accident, 100.
               32. (5) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, Accident, 99.
               33. (11) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Accident, 98.
               34. (23) Casey Mears, Ford, Accident, 98.
               35. (18) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Accident, 98.
               36. (26) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 94.
               37. (28) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, Accident, 50.
               38. (4) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, Accident, 50.
               39. (8) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, Accident, 50.
               40. (32) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, Accident, 50.
 
Racing Summaries:
Average Speed of Race Winner:  116.476 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 13 Mins, 56 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.
Caution Flags:  9 for 35 laps.
Lead Changes:  18 among 10 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   B. Poole 0; B. Kennedy # 1; B. Poole 2; B. Kennedy # 3; B. Koch 4-15; D. Suarez(i) 16; B. Koch 17-32; J. Allgaier 33-34; B. Poole 35-41; B. Kennedy # 42-43; T. Dillon(i) 44-48; B. Poole 49-53; E. Sadler 54-58; B. Jones 59; E. Sadler 60-61; W. Byron # 62-83; T. Dillon(i) 84-91; J. Logano(i) 92-97; W. Byron # 98-104.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  W. Byron # 2 times for 29 laps; B. Koch 2 times for 27 laps; T. Dillon(i) 2 times for 13 laps; B. Poole 3 times for 13 laps; E. Sadler 2 times for 7 laps; J. Logano(i) 1 time for 6 laps; B. Kennedy # 3 times for 4 laps; J. Allgaier 1 time for 2 laps; B. Jones 1 time for 1 lap; D. Suarez(i) 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Top Ten: 11,2,48,21,1,19,98,24,3,42
Stage #2 Top Ten: 1,9,28,3,42,5,48,33,2,23

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.