NASCAR brought their future stars back to Daytona to duel it out on the road course.
The XFINITY race was full of action, especially the battle for the Stage 1 win. One of the favourites, Noah Gragson, ran into problems before the race started as he could not get his car to start. He was eventually able to get it fired up, beginning the race laps down.
Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger were battling it out throughout the first stage. Coming out of the final corner, Allmendinger ran Cindric down the track. Cindric had enough and won stage one as he spun Allmendinger as they came to the line, leaving both racecars damaged.
Stage 2 was all about the rookie Ty Gibbs. Gibbs drove the No. 54 Supra very well for his first XFINITY start. He was able to take the lead off of a restart, and hold off every driver behind him.
Impressing everyone, Gibbs was able to win his first-ever stage, in his first-ever race. There was trouble for his teammate, Brandon Jones, and the No. 19 team. As most of the field pit as the stage ended, many cars stacked up and Jones ran into the car in front of him, leaving him with some damage.
Stage 3 was much more eventful. Throughout the tight racing between Gibbs and Cindric, we ran into trouble with more wrecks as the race winded down, making it a strategy call for the win. Cindric had a comfortable lead before the caution. The two dominant drivers brought it down pit road to fill up the tank and grab new tires.
The next restart is where things got crazy, heading 3 and 4 wide into turn one at the Daytona Road Course never ends clean. With the difference between old and new tires, many cars spun out bringing out another caution.
Heading into the final restart, Gibbs and Cindric had work to do as they started rows back. Gibbs had the cleaner path, and with old tires, he was able to pass Jeb Burton out of turn two and hold it there for the final two laps. Ty Gibbs became the third-youngest driver to win in his first start.