19-year-old Boy won Xfinity Series race at Daytona

Nineteen-year-old William Byron won the Firecracker 250
Saturday, becoming the youngest winner in Xfinity Series history at
Daytona International Speedway.
Byron was ahead of JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler
on the second-to-last lap when a multi-car accident occurred on the
backstretch, drawing the ninth and final caution of the afternoon. It
was Byron’s second consecutive win and second overall in Xfinity, having
taken the checkered flag last weekend at Iowa Speedway.
“This is so cool to win at Daytona,” Byron said. “I can’t
even imagine it. … We’re bringing faster cars, executing better and
as a team we’re getting more and more confident.”
Video replays clearly showed the final accident happened
before Byron crossed the line, but NASCAR didn’t put out the yellow flag
until after Byron had passed the marker thereby making the race
official. NASCAR instituted the overtime rule prior to the 2016 season
to limit overtime restarts and prevent drivers from attempting to
manipulate the finish for their benefit.
Despite being on the wrong side of the ruling, Sadler had
no issue with NASCAR’s decision not to restart the race. Dakota
Armstrong finished third, with Jeb Burton in fourth and David Star in
fifth. The finishes for Armstrong, Burton and Star all represented a
career best.
“I’m not going to nickel-and-dime NASCAR and the rule,” Sadler said.
The race originally started Friday night, but after 11
laps were completed rain forced NASCAR to postpone the race until
Saturday. A second red flag occurred after an additional 26 laps had
were run, with a third happening on Lap 100 for an 11-car accident,
which set up the overtime finish.
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