It was the third consecutive triumph at Daytona for a automobile fielded by Dale Earnhardt Jr ., his sister and Rick Hendrick in what they consider a family business.
“It never gets age-old, soldier, ” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I don’t expect I will do it ever again as a motorist, but if I get here as an owner and have success like this, it’s a great feeling.”
Gragson and Chase Briscoe swapped a leading role in the closing three-lap sprint to the finish, but NASCAR shed the yellowed pennant for a multi-car crash on the final lap.
Harrison Burton and Timmy Hill, which is able to obligate his Daytona 500 debut on Sunday, were second and third in Toyotas. Briscoe was fourth in a Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Gragson celebrated old-school style, first by rise the barrier at Daytona International Speedway — a nod to both three-time Indianapolis 500 win Helio Castroneves and recent NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart. Then Gragson fueled the flares on the Daytona track surface created by his celebratory burnout.
He extended up and down the figurehead elongate gushing his fists in occasion, then slid across the hood of his JRM entry for the drive to succes lane.
“It’s Daytona, you never know if you get this possibility again, so do what you want to do, ” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said.
Gragson is the seventh different hasten win for JRM.