The Sprint Cup drivers are back for the 2010 season for the Daytona 500. It is an all Hendrick front row for this event as Mark Martin has the poll and Dale Earnhardt Jr. occupies the second position. NASCAR and the new green/white checker rule got used to the fullest extent possible.
Brad Keselowski stated that he was going to give the drivers a run for their money. Jeff Gordon stated that he is excited to get it going today.
The green flag drops and it was Mark Martin leading until the first caution came out on alp seven. Brad Keselowski spins out. Also winding up with damage was Max Papis, Mike Bliss, Sam Hornish Jr., Regan Smith and Boris Said. "Blew out a right rear tire," said Brad Keselowski.
The caution brought in all cars on the lead lap but three of the. This led to the first long green flag run of the day that saw Kevin Harvick getting to lead some laps as A.J Allmendinger marched his up to the lead of the race. He led a few laps and had his first green flag pit stop of the day.
After all the green flag pit stops were over Kurt Busch had the lead of the race while the whole field was strung out big time. The next caution finally came out on lap 66 as Joe Nemechek spins out. This brought in all the cars on the lead lap. Kurt Busch was able to keep the lead of the race.
It was another short green flag run that saw A.J. Allmendinger lead again and Mike Bliss on lap 77 in the rear of the field spins out. This led to another long green flag run that saw drivers Kurt Busch, Clint Boyer, Jeff Gordon, and Greg Biffle lead some laps. John Andretti though brings out the next caution on lap 116.
On the next lap it was Jimmie Johnson having to pit early to replace a blown tire.
The first red of the day comes out on lap 122 as NASCAR checks out a hole in the race track between turns one and two. The red flag period lasted over one hour and thirty minutes to get the hole patched right.
After the green flag finally dropped Kasey Kahne started to lead some more laps. The Clint Boyer was able to get back into the lead with Elliott Sadler right along side of him. Elliott lost the draft with 64 laps left and quickly dropped to 14th.
With 58 laps to go the caution comes out as A.J. Allmendinger gets loose and spins out. He does not hit anything, but a fire was under his car after it stopped. This caution brought in the leaders with Elliott Sadler leading all the cars off pit road by doing a two tire pit stop.
A couple back into green flag racing and Elliott Sadler hot out line again and started to drop back again big time. With 48 laps left Jeff Gordon got out of line started to drop back.
As Kevin Harvick was leading more laps the caution came out with 41 laps to go as more track issues show up. Then we went back to red flag condition time two laps later. Kyle Busch, commenting on the patch, said that after 15 laps a piece of rock would come flying out.
The cars finally started again after 45 more minutes of red flag time. Leaders pit and the top five cars take only two tires with Greg Biffle getting the lead off pit road. Scott Speed though stays out to lead the race.
The green flag drops with 32 laps to go and Greg Biffle quickly took the lead of the race. Scott Speed and his old tires stay right
with Biffle and able to take the lead at times.
With 17 laps left though Jimmie Johnson and the rear tire went flat, he was not able to get it fixed though. It then got single file though up front with Clint Boyer in the lead and Greg Biffle in second. Scott Speed though at this time was falling back.
Jimmie Johnson said it was something in the rear end that was wrong.
With seven laps left Elliott Sadler gets loose taking out Ryan Newman and Travis Kvapil. This caution brought in Kurt Busch and a whole bunch of cars outside of the top ten. This causes the green/white checker finish to come out.
Clint Boyer got a good restart, bur Greg Biffle good a great push later on in the lap just as Joey Logano and Bill Elliott get together. This causes restart number 2. Greg Biffle is the lead with Martin Truex Jr. in second.
This restart was even wilder as Kevin Harvick makes a very bold move into turn one to take the lead of the race. That caused Greg Biffle to get a bit wiggly, but in the back Kasey Kahne and Robert Richardson get together.
This left Kevin Harvick in the lead with Jamie McMurray in second for the final restart of the race. Kevin Harvick started out with a good restart, but when it quickly got to some three wide racing he got sent backwards. This left Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray to fight for the lead. Dale Jr. though in final laps made such a mad dash he was able to finish the race in second place while Jamie won the race.
Also on the final lap it was another wreck as Jeff Gordon got sent around.
"It's unbelievable, really," said Jamie in victory lane. "Greg gave me an unbelievable push."
"Frustrating to come that close and not win it," said Dale Jr.
Clint Boyer stated this was an awesome race.