MRN Back on the Air for Daytona 500
By: MRN Staff on February 23, 2014 | 8:00 P.M. EST
Kyle Busch was the leader when the red flag was displayed at lap 38. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fa. - After a rain delay of over six hours, Motor Racing Network is back on the air for prime time coverage of the Daytona 500.
The race began at 1:30 p.m. with pole-sitter Austin Dillon taking the green flag. Dillon led the opening lap before Denny Hamlin, who won the Sprint Unlimited and his Duel race this week, took the top spot.
Kyle Larson bounced off the wall on the second lap and suffered some damage to his car and pitted. Larson later spun, bringing out the caution on Lap 24.
Hamlin gave away the lead on Lap 11 because of debris on the front grille was causing the water temperature to rise. He jumped back in line in sixth and was able to get most of the debris off the front of his car.
Greg Biffle pitted on Lap 17 after his right rear went flat and caused him to nearly spin.
“We dodged a bullet there,’’ Biffle said on the radio to his team. “We almost wrecked. We're not out of it.”
He lost a lap but got it back later.
Martin Truex Jr.’s promising Speedweeks ended with a blown motor. Truex qualified second but his car was damaged in a last-lap crash in his Duel race, forcing him to go to a backup. He said the oil pump belt came off.
There also was action on pit road. During the first caution, most of the field pitted together. Matt Kenseth lost sight of his pit stall and when he hit the brakes, spun into his pit stall and was pointing the opposite direction. Danica Patrick also had some contact trying to get into her pit stall.
The rain came as the field was under caution for the blown engine by Truex. NASCAR officials sent teams to pit road and stopped the race at 2:13 p.m. ET.
During the delay, the track was under a tornado warning and a severe thunderstorm warning. The grandstands were cleared for spectator safety.
Check back at the conclusion of the race for results and a full report.