Austin Dillon, who was not among the top-8 drivers on Lap 198, dumped race leader Aric Almirola on the last overtime lap (207) and captured the 60th Daytona 500 before 120,000 sun-
The 27-year-old driver was pushed to the front by rookie and pseudo teammate Bubba Wallace, who made his full-time NASCAR Cup Series debut.
For the second time in as many years, the 500 winner led only one lap to score an improbable victory.
On this day, yellow flags worked in Dillon’s favor. A caution on Lap 199 for a wreck that involved 12 cars in Turn 2 set the table for his victory, because when the field reassembled for a two-lap dash, he was fourth in line behind Almirola.