Daytona II: Tony Raines race report

Early Accident Creates Long Night for Raines & Co. at Daytona Tony Raines and the DLP HDTV team were involved in an accident early in the Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and finished a ...

Early Accident Creates Long Night for Raines & Co. at Daytona

Tony Raines and the DLP HDTV team were involved in an accident early in the Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and finished a disappointing 39th.

Raines started 23rd in the No. 96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet, but made contact with the car of David Stremme in Turn 4 on Lap 23. Raines' car made contact with the SAFER Barrier on the outside retaining wall and his car came to a stop on the grass in between pit road and the frontstretch.

He was able to drive the car to the garage for repairs.

"We got together with someone in Turn 4," Raines said. "My spotter told me it might have been the 40 car (David Stremme). I'm not really sure what happened, but it made for a long night. It was disappointing, but the DLP guys worked hard to get the car back out there. We gained two spots by being back out there, so we salvaged something."

The DLP crew had to repair the entire rear end of the car, including the rear shocks and suspension. They also had to repair much of the right side of the car, which sustained heavy damage.

When Raines returned the track after about 30 minutes of repairs, he was in 41st position, 37 laps behind the leader. He finished 39th and completed just 120 of the 160 laps.

The No. 96 car fell four spots to 27th in Nextel Cup owner points with 1,591 points. Raines fell from 31st to 32nd in driver points with 1,468 points.

Jamie McMurray won the Pepsi 400 to score his second career Nextel Cup victory and his first of the season. McMurray's last win came in October 2002 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch finished second, just .005 of a second behind McMurray, while older brother Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-five. Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were eight caution periods for 30 laps, with two drivers failing to finish the 160-lap race.

The next event on the Nextel Cup schedule is the July 15 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The race starts at 4 p.m. EDT with live, high-definition coverage provided by TNT beginning with its pre-race show at 2:30 p.m.

-credit: hofr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Raines , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , David Stremme , Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch