30 Second Read: Coke Zero Sugar 400

Written By: Matt Marr



Photo By: Phelan M. Ebenhack


Due to qualifying being cancelled by rain, the lineup was set by points which meant teammates Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson would bring the field to the green. The race itself was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but was postponed to Sunday morning, again due to rain.


The closing laps of stage 1 saw a big wreck near the front of the field as Denny Hamlin got loose out of turn 2 and the accordion effect took place with Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney and several others.


Joey Logano held off a late run by Elliott to win Stage 1.


The run came a little too late for Martin Truex Jr. in Stage 2 as Kyle Busch kept him at bay to secure the stage 2 victory.


With 22 laps to go in the race, a downpour of rain hit turn 1 with almost no warning, and nearly the entire field was involved in a massive wreck.


Austin Dillon, one of the few who was left unscathed, led the final laps of the Coke Zero Sugar 400.


Dillon survived and won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, his first of the season and locked himself into the playoffs which ultimately ended Martin Truex Jr.'s playoff hopes.


Coke Zero Sugar 400 Top 5: 1. Austin Dillon

2. Tyler Reddick

3. Austin Cindric

4. Landon Cassill

5. Noah Gragson


Playoff Contenders heading into round 1 at Darlington: 1. Chase Elliott

2. Joey Logano

3. Ross Chastain

4. Kyle Larson

5. William Byron

6. Denny Hamlin

7. Ryan Blaney

8. Tyler Reddick

9. Kevin Harvick

10. Christopher Bell

11. Kyle Busch

12. Chase Briscoe

13. Daniel Suarez

14. Austin Cindric

15. Alex Bowman

16. Austin Dillon