David Ragan Gets Redemption At Daytona
After a mental error cost David Ragan the win in the Daytona 500, Ragan redeemed himself tonight by scoring the victory in the Coke-Zero 400. On the second to last restart in the Daytona 500, Ragan had the lead, but changed lanes before the start/finish line and was penalized. Tonight, Ragan restarted right in front of Matt Kenseth, his teammate, who pushed him to his first career win.
Tonight saw the return of tandem drafting at Daytona. It produced a race record 57 lead changes, and a track record of 25 different leaders. Drivers paired up right from the start and tried to stay together all the way to the finish. Kevin Harvick and Paul Menard worked together throughout the race and looked to be in prime position to score the win, but just could not get going on the final restart. They both led a lot of laps, but couldn't get hooked together quick enough on the final restart to contend for the win.
The four Hendrick cars who ran so well at Talladega were not as formidable as most people thought they would be. All four cars led early in the race, but dropped to the back of the pack to stay out of trouble. When they felt it was time to go they just could not get back to the front. Eventually, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, and Dale Earnhardt Jr all ended up in late race wrecks, except Gordon still got a top ten finish.
Trevor Bayne, the Daytona 500 winner was not able to relive his February magic. He wrecked hard in turn 1 when he was spun out by Brad Keselowski on the fifth lap of the race.
Carl Edwards entered the race as the points leader over Harvick, but after wrecking in turn 4 on lap twenty-four, he now leaves Daytona trailing Harvick by five points.