The most remarkable thing that happened at today’s NASCAR 35th Annual Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway XFINITY Series opening race for 2016 – say that three times fast, I dare you – was what didn’t happen. Namely, a massive wreck on the last lap. See, Cupsters? It can be done.
Also remarkable was Chase Elliott’s ability to not only keep his car pointing forward while during the aforementioned last lap Joey Logano was doing his best to trade his front quarter panel for Elliott’s back quarter panel, but hold off Logano period and snag the win. We know the kid has skills, but his driving today officially took him into mad skills territory.
Other than a couple of early incidents when people got a little excited and insisted on sharing the wealth with others, the race was remarkable pileup free. A nice change of pace. As is usually the case with restrictor plate races, things settled down to a lengthy stretch of everyone playing choo choo, but near the end it shook out into good racing mercifully minus bad decisions on anyones part resulting in Mater being the first one to cross the finish line.
On to tomorrow.
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