April 6, 2019
Like the previous week’s Daytona 500, a first-time Cup winner stood in victory circle as Christopher Bell took his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the checkered flags
Another Daytona 500 is in the history books, with another surprise winner.
It’s already been an exciting week at Daytona, and there’s a lot more to come.
After 24 hours of racing, it was amazing to see five cars on the lead lap with three of them within 7 seconds. And it would have been closer yet if the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi car hadn’t suffered a blown tire with six minutes to go.
Kyle Busch came up short on his bid for the hat trick at Texas Motor Speedway last Sunday. Busch won both the Gander Outdoor Truck race and the Xfinity race, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series win went to teammate Denny Hamlin, who now ties with Busch at two wins apiece. A pair of Stewart-Haas Fords finished second and third, with Clint Bowyer beating teammate Aric Almirola for the runner-up spot. Jimmie Johnson scored his best finish of the season in fifth with teammate William Byron in sixth, a good sign for the Hendrick Racing and the rest of the Chevy contingent.