Alva’s Ross Chastain finishes 9th in season opener at Daytona

Lee Herald Favicon 16Alva’s Ross Chastain survived five overtimes and numerous late accidents to finish ninth in Saturday’s Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway, the season opening race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Scheduled for 120 laps, the race ran a total of 23 extra laps as the field continuously failed to complete a final two-lap dash that makes up NASCAR overtime.

The first overtime resulted in a massive 18-car pileup on lap 122, while Chastain was involved in an incident on the second attempt at overtime on lap 130 when the car of Spencer Gallagher spun across his nose. Two more incidents would happen on subsequent attempts before they could finally complete a clean lap on the fifth try.

Tyler Reddick won Saturday, edging out his teammate Elliott Sadler by three inches, the closest finish in the history of any of NASCAR’s top national series. The official margin of victory is listed as 0.000 seconds.

Ryan Reed, winner of the last two February Daytona races, finished third, followed by Kaz Grala, and Chastain’s JD Motorsports teammate Garrett Smithley finished fifth.

Saturday’s finish was Chastain’s first top 10 finish since a sixth place finish the last time the series raced at Daytona, in July.

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