68. Danny Eslick triumphs in Daytona 200 sport bike race

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Danny Eslick is interviewed before the 2014 Daytona 200 sport bike race / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® / YouTube download video by AMA Pro Racing /
Pole-winner Danny Eslick (Riders Discount/Triumph) is interviewed before the 2014 Daytona 200, and then proceeds to go on to race in a dominating way, by winning and giving Triumph its first Daytona 200 victory since Gary Nixon in 1967. Watch the entire race here.
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated the 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway, winning from the pole.

Eslick, riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, became the first rider to win the Daytona 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967. The Broken Arrow, Okla., rider led 44 of the 57 race laps and won by a margin of 10.975 seconds.

“It’s awesome,” Eslick said following the race. “I’ve gotten the pole before. My very first 200 I got fourth. There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of years have passed by to get this victory. It means a lot.”

“It’s awesome,” Danny Eslick said following the race. “I’ve gotten the pole before. My very first 200 I got fourth. There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of years have passed by to get this victory. It means a lot.”

Eslick's dominating win in the Daytona 200 bike race from Daytona International Speedway comes in at No. 68 in the HeadlineSurfer.com top 100 local stories stories countdown of 2014.

While Eslick had some fierce racing with riders Jason DiSalvo and Dane Westby during the race, pit stops from his Riders Discount Racing Triumph team proved to be the difference.

"Pit stops for the Daytona 200 are the most important thing,” Eslick said. “You can’t have bad stops and we had great pit stops.”

After taking the checkered flag, Eslick put on an enthusiastic celebration that included a victory lap with the checkered flag.

“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”

Rounding out the podium were Yamaha riders Jake Gagne and Jake Lewis.

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Triumph proved it is back in the Daytona 200! Danny Eslick and the #69 Riders Discount Racing team made history on March 15, 2014 by becoming the first Triumph team to claim victory at the Daytona 200 from the pole position. Eslick is the first Triumph rider to win the race since Gary Nixon in 1967, and the pole position since Paul Smart in 1971.
 
 

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