NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, helped by a push from Landon Cassill, zoomed past Clint Bowyer to win the Drive4COPD 300. The win was Stewart’s fourth consecutive Nationwide Series win at Daytona International Speedway.
Smoke had only a fraction of a second to spare, with 0.007 seconds between his car and the second-place Bowyer. Cassill finished third while Dale Earnhardt Jr. crossed the line in fourth. Earnhardt Jr. had pushed Bowyer for six laps after a restart on lap 115.
Earnhardt Jr. also had trouble in the pits, as he drove past his pit stall under caution on lap 17. Apparently, he was heading for his Sprint car number-88 instead of his Nationwide pit number 5. His crew held out an 88 pit sign for him on the following stop.
Driver Danica Patrick finished 14th and one lap down, giving Patrick her best finish yet in 14 Nationwide starts so far.
2010 Nationwide Series champion Brad Keselowski had a 102-race streak without a DNF going before today, but it came to an end after a restart on lap 104. After being knocked into the infield grass by drafting partner Cassill, Keselowski turned back across the track and sandwiched Josh Wise against the outside wall, then Keselowski followed suit, and bounced off the wall as well.
Results of the Nationwide Drive4COPD 300 were as follows:
4.Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
32.Robert Richardson Jr.
36.Sam Hornish Jr.