Watermelon farmer Ross Chastain gets top-10 finish at Daytona 500

Watermelon farmer Ross Chastain gets top-10 finish at Daytona 500

Watermelon farmer Ross Chastain gets top-10 finish at Daytona 500

Hendrick Motorsports did it in 1997 with Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven. And it was an emotional win. I knew my options were kind of limited of what I was going to be able to do but we put ourselves in position, nonetheless.

There were five crashes and two red flags over 20 laps during regulation in the race.

Busch led the way with a lap of 200.285 miles per hour (44.936 seconds).

With just 10 laps to go, American driver Paul Menard triggered a multi-car wreck which stopped the race as crews quickly tried to clear the wreckage.

The race and the season have been dedicated to J.D.

Erik Jones, Joey Logano and Michael McDowell took the third, fourth and fifth spots.

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Ty Dillon was sixth in the highest-finishing Chevrolet. But here at restrictor plates, when you have guys like that up front, you try to work together as much as you can, and that situation kept presenting itself, and it just was what it was.

The race featured eight drivers making their Daytona 500 debuts and rookie Ryan Preece, a short track racer from New England, was best in class with an eighth-place finish. He lost his ride for Chip Ganassi Racing's Xfinity team following an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the program's primary sponsor, DC Solar. I wrecked a lot of cars. Check out the latest 2019 Daytona 500 odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the full projected Daytona 500 leaderboard from the model that crushed its NASCAR picks past year. He actually led six of the 200 laps. Bowman finished 11th and Byron, the pole-sitter, was 21st. Here are the non-formulated NASCAR Cup Series Driver Power Rankings with the first of 36 races on this year's schedule in the books.

At one point in the race, he was near the front of the pack until he fell back.

But more than any of that, this night was for the one man not here to enjoy it. I think he was trying to sneak into my outside but wasn't quite there. "This one lets me soak it in a little bit more".

Denny Hamlin has won his second Daytona 500 in four years, taking the checkered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing a month after Joe Gibbs' oldest son died following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.

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