Kurt Busch Wins Daytona 500

Kurt Busch led just one lap of Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500, but it was the one that counted the most.  After race leader Chase Elliott slowed with a fuel pick-up problem and then Kyle Larson ran out of gas on the final lap, Busch’s Number-41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was well-positioned – sweeping around Larson’s sputtering Chevrolet to win “The Great American Race.”  His margin of victory was twenty-two one-hundredths of a second over Ryan Blaney as Ford swept the top two spots.  A-J Allmendinger, Aric Almirola and Paul Menard completed the top five.  Elliott, bidding to become the first pole winner to also win the “five hundred” since Dale Jarrett in 2000, led thirty-nine laps Sunday before yielding the lead less than three laps from the finish … Kevin Harvick started fifth and led a race-high fifty laps, finishing twenty-second in the forty-car field … Sunday’s race was the first Cup Series event run under NASCAR’s new three-stage format.  Kyle Busch won the first segment but was later sidelined by an accident and finished thirty-eighth.  Harvick won Stage-2

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