In one of the most improbable upsets in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 20-year-old Justin Haley was declared the winner of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway when the race was halted after 127 laps of the scheduled 160 due to inclement weather.
Mr. Haley, having raced his No. 77 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports into the top 10, assumed the lead during a red-flag period after a number of other front-running drivers pitted, thinking the race was going to be restarted. Haley’s team opted for him to stay on the track.
Worsening weather caused an extension of the red flag, with Haley atop the leaderboard. About two hours later, the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular was announced as the winner, the youngest in event history. Mr. Haley is ineligible for a NASCAR Playoffs berth that normally would accompany a Monster Energy Series victory, due to his full-time status in the Xfinity Series.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron (No. 24 Axalta Patriotic Chevrolet) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Ally Chevrolet) finished second and third, respectively.
Ross Chastain won the Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola Friday night at DIS, leading Kaulig Racing to its first victory and a sweep of the top three positions.
Mr. Chastain (No. 16 Ellsworth Advisors Chevrolet) was followed to the checkered flag by runner-up Justin Haley (No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet) and third-place AJ Allmendinger (No. 10 Cornerstone Produce Group Chevrolet). It was the first top-three sweep by a single team in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition at DIS.
However, Mr. Haley was deemed to have dropped below the yellow line to gain position and was penalized, pushing him back to 18th place.