The NASCAR Cup Series ran the Daytona Road Course for the very first time on Sunday, and they did so without a lick of practice or qualifying. Despite that fact, only one ‘real’ caution had to be thrown, as the drivers acclimated relatively well to the brand new environment.
One driver stood head and shoulders above them, though. That man was Chase Elliott, who would master the track and claim yet another road course victory. It was his third in a row. Denny Hamlin did challenge him at the end following a late caution, but Elliott had led by as many as 10 seconds prior to that and clearly was the better driver in the field on the day. Martin Truex, Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Chris Buescher rounded out the top five.