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Race report

Sanchez wins, Gray flips in wreck-marred Daytona NASCAR Truck opener

Nick Sanchez claimed his first career NASCAR Truck victory in the Daytona season opener by avoiding a nasty last-lap wreck that included a truck flipping over the field.

Sanchez, making his 24th career start, led the way at the start of overtime and got a big jump on the rest of the field, which proved beneficial.

Behind him, Rajah Caruth got up into Jack Wood, who then hit Taylor Gray. Gray’s No. 17 truck turned sharply sideways and was then lifted off the track, flipped on top of two other trucks, before landing upright on its wheels.

 

NASCAR quickly displayed the race-record 12th caution of the night, which froze the field and locked in Sanchez’s first career win.

“Pretty surreal, especially with how the race started.” Sanchez said. “Just a big thanks to my team for sticking with me all last year. We were winless. It hurt. We should have won but we redeemed ourselves in the first race possible.”

Corey Heim was credited with second place, Caruth third, Spencer Boyd fourth and Bret Holmes rounded out the top five.

The win is Sanchez’s first in NASCAR competition. He also owns four wins in the ARCA Menards Series.

Stage 1

Johnny Sauter held off Ty Majeski by 0.149 seconds in a one-lap dash to the finish to take the Stage 1 win.

Eckes got into Matt Crafton on the backstretch on lap 6 which triggered what turned out to be a 14-truck wreck and took out several contenders including Ty Dillon and Jake Garcia.

 

Stage 2

Tyler Ankrum was declared the winner of Stage 2 when NASCAR was forced to throw a caution with two of 20 laps for light rain in the area.

Christian Eckes ended up second, Crafton third, Daniel Dye fourth and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top five.

Stage 3

Following a seven-minute red flag for a rain delay and the break between Stages 2 and 3, Holmes led the way when the race returned to green with 56 laps remaining.

A wreck by Keith McGee quickly put the race back under caution. Holmes led Sauter on the restart on lap 48.

Battling for the lead with Sauter, both Holmes and Bayley Currey spun in Turn 4 on lap 47 to bring out the sixth caution of the race.

 

Most of the field hit pit road – several for just fuel – as Grant Enfinger took over the race lead when the race resumed with 39 laps remaining. Sanchez powered to the lead on the restart.

On Lap 73, Rhodes began to drop back quickly in the middle lane with a tire going down and collected Tanner Gray and Toni Breidinger in the process.

Corey LaJoie had inherited the lead before the caution and led the way on the restart with 23 laps to go.

With just over 20 laps remaining, LaJoie got into the rear of Eckes and turned him, which triggered a multi-truck accident that also collected Stefan Parsons and Sauter. Sanchez led Taylor Gray and LaJoie on the restart on lap 16 to go.

A three-truck accident involving Mason Massey, Toni Breidinger and Dean Thompson set up another restart with nine laps remaining and Sanchez still in command.

A four-truck accident involving Ankrum, Chase Purdy, Timmy Hill and Eckes brought out a record-tying 11th caution that sent the race into overtime. Sanchez led Caruth, Taylor Gray, Jack Wood and LaJoie.

Cla Driver # Manufacturer Laps Time Interval Pits Points
1
N. SANCHEZRev Racing
2 Chevrolet 101

2:33'08.402

  9  
2
R. CARUTHSpire Motorsports
71 Chevrolet 101

+0.086

2:33'08.488

0.086 12  
3
C. HEIMTRICON Garage
11 Toyota 101

+1.587

2:33'09.989

1.501 9  
4
B. HOLMESBret Holmes Racing
32 Chevrolet 101

+5.441

2:33'13.843

0.887 8  
5 United StatesS. BOYDFreedom Racing Enterprises 76 Chevrolet 101

+4.554

2:33'12.956

2.967 7  
6
S. PARSONSHenderson Motorsports
75 Chevrolet 101

+6.189

2:33'14.591

0.748 9  
7 United StatesM. CRAFTONThorSport Racing 88 Ford 101

+13.392

2:33'21.794

3.197 16  
8 United StatesT. HILLHill Motorsports 56 Toyota 101

+10.195

2:33'18.597

4.006 14  
9 United StatesB. DAUZATFDNY Racing 28 Chevrolet 101

+14.144

2:33'22.546

0.752 7  
10 United StatesC. ECKESMcAnally Hilgemann Racing 19 Chevrolet 101

+17.117

2:33'25.519

2.973 12  
11 United StatesT. ANKRUMMcAnally Hilgemann Racing 18 Chevrolet 101

+19.010

2:33'27.412

1.893 8  
12 CanadaJ. WHITEReaume Brothers Racing 22 Ford 101

+26.745

2:33'35.147

0.917 11  
13 United StatesB. CURREYNiece Motorsports 41 Chevrolet 101

+25.828

2:33'34.230

6.818 19  
14 United StatesS. FRIESENHalmar Friesen Racing 52 Toyota 101

+27.694

2:33'36.096

0.949 23  
15 United StatesT. MAJESKIThorSport Racing 98 Ford 101

+43.518

2:33'51.920

15.824 6  
16 United StatesT. GRAYTRICON Garage 15 Toyota 101

+1'14.031

2:34'22.433

30.513 17  
17 United StatesG. ENFINGERCR7 Motorsports 9 Chevrolet 101

+1'16.172

2:34'24.574

2.141 8  
18
J. WOODMcAnally Hilgemann Racing
91 Chevrolet 101

+1'46.213

2:34'54.615

30.041 9  
19
T. GRAYTRICON Garage
17 Toyota 100

+1 Lap

2:32'12.828

1 Lap 7  
20 United StatesC. LAJOIESpire Motorsports 7 Chevrolet 100

+1 Lap

2:32'13.042

0.214 7  
21
D. DYEMcAnally Hilgemann Racing
43 Chevrolet 100

+1 Lap

2:32'13.123

0.081 6  
22
C. ROPERRoper Racing
04 Chevrolet 100

+1 Lap

2:32'13.471

0.348 9  
23
C. ROHRBAUGHCR7 Motorsports
97 Chevrolet 100

+1 Lap

2:32'13.519

0.048 8  
24
D. THOMPSONTRICON Garage
5 Toyota 100

+1 Lap

2:32'13.641

0.122 11  
25
M. MASSEYYoung's Motorsports
02 Chevrolet 100

+1 Lap

2:33'54.162

1'40.521 11  
26 United StatesM. MILLSNiece Motorsports 42 Chevrolet 99

+2 Laps

2:33'54.461

1 Lap 18  
27
T. BREIDINGERTRICON Garage
1 Toyota 97

+4 Laps

2:31'24.249

2 Laps 14  
28 United StatesC. PURDYSpire Motorsports 77 Chevrolet 93

+8 Laps

2:18'59.844

4 Laps 9  
29 United StatesJ. SAUTERNiece Motorsports 45 Chevrolet 79

+22 Laps

1:56'41.785

14 Laps 8  
30 United StatesB. RHODESThorSport Racing 99 Ford 71

+30 Laps

1:45'46.048

8 Laps 8  
31
K. MCGEEReaume Brothers Racing
27 Ford 44

+57 Laps

1:13'26.470

27 Laps 11  
32
A. LAWLESSReaume Brothers Racing
33 Ford 27

+74 Laps

42'06.250

17 Laps 8  
33
L. RIGGSFront Row Motorsports
38 Ford 13

+88 Laps

19'55.458

14 Laps 7  
34
J. GARCIAThorSport Racing
13 Ford 6

+95 Laps

6'08.137

7 Laps 3  
35 United StatesT. DILLONRackley W.A.R. 25 Chevrolet 5

+96 Laps

4'08.968

1 Lap 2  
36 United StatesT. MOFFITTFaction Motorsports 46 Chevrolet 5

+96 Laps

4'09.543

0.575 2  

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