DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Daytona International Speedway // Daytona International Speedway is known for dramatic, late-race passes for the lead and win. Saturday night was no exception, and it happened in historic fashion with Eli Tomac grabbing his record sixth DAYTONA Supercross triumph in Round 9 of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, the kickoff to Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy.
In front of a huge, energetic crowd, and with just 45 seconds left on the clock, Tomac slipped past Cooper Webb, who had led much of the race, to take the top sport for the first time. To incredibly loud cheers that filled the iconic venue, Tomac pulled away on his No. 3 Yamaha for his historic sixth DAYTONA Supercross, and in the process, pull out of a tie from the GOAT – Ricky Carmichael – to become the track’s all-time win leader of DAYTONA Supercross.
“It is so very cool….I don’t know what it is about this place,” said an excited Tomac, who captured his fourth win of the season and stretched his points lead to 18. “Tonight, I had a lot of doubts and knew I had my work cut out for me, but when the lights came on…..man, six is just crazy. It’s the biggest crowd I’ve seen here and the best energy we have had…not even close. I just don’t know what to say about this place.”
After leading most of the race, Cooper Webb went home matching his best finish of 2022 with a second-place spot. Chase Sexton, from Clermont, FL, ran up front with a steady ride that earned him the final podium position. In Round 3 of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class, Jett Lawrence, from Wesley Chapel (near Tampa), FL, dominated the field, taking home the win at his first Daytona Supercross appearance and breaking the points tie to become the sole red plate holder in the class.
Webb shot out of the gate with a decisive Holeshot in the 450SX Class Main Event. The race excitement spiked down the first rhythm lane as Malcolm Stewart jumped into second place. Next, Tomac attempted to cut under Stewart in turn two. 2022 three-time victor Jason Anderson, who entered the race just six points behind Tomac for the series battle for the championship, came in hot under both riders and the three sandwiched together then split apart like billiard balls on a break. None went down as they scrambled to get back into the race. The incident put Anderson in second and Stewart behind him in third.
Just one corner later is where the fireworks really started (following an incredible fireworks show put on by the Speedway just before the start of main event) on the track. Anderson cut across the sandy inside rut and collided with Stewart. This time both riders went down, nearly in a replay of the altercation between the two riders the weekend prior in Texas. From there Stewart and Anderson scrapped, came together once more, and both hit the ground again as each tried to claw forward for points without giving quarter to the other.
Out front and ahead of the chaos, Webb put in precise laps on the deteriorating track and kept the No. 1 plate clean for most of the race. Sexton hung behind him, matching Webb’s pace in the early laps of the race with Tomac just behind Sexton. Six and a half minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race, the top three were barely separated by two seconds on a track notorious for forcing costly mistakes.
Then, with eleven and a half minutes on the clock, Tomac made his way past Sexton and set his sights on Webb. The gap alternately grew and shrank for several laps, often holding at less than a second between the top two riders as they weaved their way through lappers and contended with deepening ruts and growing bumps. On top of it all, Tomac’s bike started spitting smoke from its engine overflow tube, often an indication of an overheating clutch.
With 45 seconds left on the clock Webb was cut off by a lapper and Tomac was in the perfect position to seize the moment. From there Tomac eased out of striking distance. Four of the top seven finishers in the 450SX Class were from the state of Florida, including Sexton, Dylan Ferrandis (Tallahassee), Justin Barcia (Greenville) and Ken Roczen (Clermont).
The Eastern Regional 250SX Class also delivered amazing racing. Robertson captured the Holeshot but Jett Lawrence was into the lead before they’d reached the second turn. Midway into the first lap, Lawrence was already pulling a gap on the field, Robertson held strong in second, and Enzo Lopes sat third. Cameron McAdoo, last year’s DAYTONA 200 winner and sitting tied for the points lead, ran outside the top five but was on the move.
The battle for the final podium spot was dramatic for the duration of the race with Phil Nicoletti, RJ Hampshire, and Pierce Brown having a throw-down battle that alternately saw each rider making moves forward amid their group. When the night dust settled McAdoo had secured the final podium spot behind Lawrence and Robertson.
Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy continues this week with the DAYTONA 200, set for next Saturday, March 12, and tickets, as well a host of Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy camping packages, are on sale now.
Monster will be bringing the action and excitement this week with autograph sessions, demonstrations and two FREE concerts – Face To Face on Wednesday (March 9) and Steel Panther on Friday (March 11). Both concerts, which will be held in Lot 4 outside the Turn 4 tunnel entrance, are brought to fans by Monster Energy. Please note: Event and appearance schedule subject to change. For detailed information on all events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
In addition, fans and visitors can enjoy the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace at Daytona International Speedway, located just off International Speedway Blvd. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace features the nation’s top motorcycle parts, apparel vendors and much more.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
4. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
7. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
8. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
9. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (203)
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (185)
3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (170)
4. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (164)
5. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (163)
6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (163)
7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (145)
8. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (137)
9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (133)
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (110)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
2. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna
3. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki
4. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS
5. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha
6. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
7. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
10. Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., Husqvarna
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (73)
2. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (68)
3. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna (52)
4. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha (50)
5. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (47)
6. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (45)
7. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (42)
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha (42)
9. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (41)
10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (39)
Chris Buescher Wins, Bubba Wallace Clinches Playoffs at Daytona’s Coke Zero 400
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Florida National News) – Chris Buescher has won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, and Bubba Wallace has secured the 16th and final spot in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. This will be Wallace’s first time racing for a championship.
Wallace had entered the race in 16th place, but a victory from a driver below the cut line could have knocked him out of the playoffs. An early accident took out several drivers including Ty Gibbs, Ryan Blaney, and several others. A spectacular crash late in the race by Ryan Preece had him flipping at least ten times over the grass. Fortunately, he was able to exit the vehicle.
The sixteen drivers in the Playoffs include the points leaders William Byron, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, Brad Keselowski, Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Bubba Wallace.
NASCAR’s first Playoffs Round of Sixteen race takes place next weekend at Darlington, Sunday, September 3rd. Each three-week round of the playoffs will reduce the field by four drivers, leading up to the Season Finale on Sunday, Nov. 5th at Phoenix Raceway, featuring the final four drivers competing for the NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Be sure to stay tuned to Florida National News (www.FloridaNationalNews.com) and Florida Sports Channel (www.FloridaSportsChannel.com) for more.
Last Chance For NASCAR Playoffs at Coke Zero 400 in Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Florida National News) – NASCAR fans are already packing the Daytona International Speedway as the regular season comes to its finale Saturday, August 26, with the Coke Zero 400. While fifteen drivers have already secured a spot in the playoffs, the 16th is still up for grabs based on the race results.
The fifteen drivers who are already guaranteed a spot in NASCAR’s first Playoffs Round of Sixteen race at Darlington, Sunday, September 3rd include the current points leaders Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher, Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael McDowell. The top two drivers, Truex and Hamlin, will compete Saturday night to win the Regular Season Championship. There are seventeen drivers who are competing at the Coke Zero 400 for that final spot in the postseason. Bubba Wallace is currently in 16th place, and could clinch with 24 points. Ty Gibbs and Daniel Suárez could clinch with enough points to pass Wallace or with a victory. AJ Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, Ryan Preece, Aric Almirola, Todd Gilliland, Corey LaJoie, Erik Jones, Austin Dillon, Harrison Burton, Chase Briscoe and Ty Dillon need to win on Saturday night to secure their spot in the playoffs.
Each three-week round of the playoffs will reduce the field by four drivers, leading up to the Season Finale on Sunday, Nov. 5th at Phoenix Raceway, featuring the final four drivers competing for the NASCAR Cup Series championship. Joey Logano is the reigning champ after winning in Phoenix last season.
The action begins Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to stay tuned to Florida National News (www.FloridaNationalNews.com) and Florida Sports Channel (www.FloridaSportsChannel.com) for more.
Paasch Makes Another Last-Second, Daring Pass to Win His Second Straight DAYTONA 200
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Daytona International Speedway // TOBC Racing’s Brandon Paasch executed his DAYTONA 200 plan to perfection Saturday, loitering around at the back of a four-rider pack until the time was right to pull the trigger on his Triumph Speed Triple RS.
As it turns out, the 20-year-old had just the right amount of ammo at his disposal. He exited the Le Mans chicane in fourth place, went down low on the banking, and started making moves until delivering the final dagger with a double-draft pass on Cameron Petersen and Sheridan Morais at the finish to win his second successive DAYTONA 200 – this one by just .007 of a second.
Paasch had spent his afternoon at Daytona International Speedway lurking at the back of the lead group – no matter how many riders it consisted of. But when it came down to his final pit stop, the only way he was going to be in a position to battle for victory was to take on just fuel and not tires.
The New Jerseyan got in and out of the pits quickly and found himself just behind the duo of SYNTAINICS Racing’s Morais and Squid Hunter’s Josh Hayes, the pair smartly squabbling over second and all the while pulling themselves to the back of Petersen, the South African alone and helpless as he watched his four-second lead evaporate all too quickly. Suddenly, it was a four-rider race to the finish and the man at the back was the man at the front when he needed to be. At the finish.
Paasch beat Attack Performance Yamaha’s Petersen by the .007 margin with Morais third, another .057 behind, with Hayes fourth and .126 of a second from victory.
Fifth place went to Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante, some 46 seconds behind Paasch, but well clear of four-time Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick on the second TOBC Racing Triumph.
TSE Racing’s Harry Truelove, who races in the British Superbike Series, was just a tick behind Eslick at the finish and some eight seconds ahead of Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Geoff May. Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim and Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Josh Herrin rounded out the top 10.
Pole-sitter Herrin was in the lead group when he ran out of fuel on his way to the first pit stop, coasting to pit lane and losing gobs of time in the process; and 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne, who qualified third-fastest, lasted only a few laps in the 200 before pulling out due to back pain from his crash in the morning warm-up session.
Paasch averaged 113.162 mph in winning the race and he also set the fastest lap of the race, a 1:49.959, en route to snagging his second Rolex watch.
Paasch, who gave Yamaha its 27th victory in the 2021 Daytona 200, brought Triumph its fourth victory in the 200 and the first since Eslick won on a TOBC Triumph in 2014.
The race was red-flagged on the seventh lap when Jose Lloreda crashed exiting the chicane, leaving debris on the racetrack.
DAYTONA 200 Top-10 Finishers
- Brandon Paasch (Triumph)
- Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)
- Sheridan Morais (Yamaha)
- Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
- Richie Escalante (Suzuki)
- Danny Eslick (Triumph)
- Harry Truelove (Yamaha)
- Geoff May (Suzuki)
- Hayden Gillim (Suzuki)
- Josh Herrin (Ducati)
Mission King Of The Baggers
It seems that no matter what kind of motorcycle you race at Daytona International Speedway, strategy and timing are so important on the run to the checkered flag.
In Saturday’s Mission King Of The Baggers race two, Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams made a perfect pass, at the perfect time, to take the victory. The Mission Foods/S&S Cycle Indian Challenger racer has competed on all kinds of motorcycles, and in road races all over the world (including Daytona nearly 20 years ago), and he put his experience and racecraft to good use when he rocketed past Roland Sands Design Indian rider Bobby Fong, who was in the lead on the final lap. With the finish line in sight, McWilliams’ teammate Tyler O’Hara also drafted past Fong to take second place, relegating Fong to third. It was an all-Indian podium in the Harley-Davidson versus Indian Big Twin racing series.
The final event of the day was in Twins Cup, and their second race of the weekend was, once again, action-packed. Fluid on the track caused multiple riders to crash on the opening lap, and the race was red-flagged and restarted with a five-lap sprint to the checkers. Eight riders were at the front and in it to win as the laps wound down. At the checkered flag, Cycle Tech Yamaha rider Hayden Schultz got the win, which was the first of his MotoAmerica career. Veloce Racing Aprilia’s Jody Barry finished second, just .241 of a second behind Schultz, and Italian expatriate Tommaso Marcon, .256 of a second behind Barry, rounded out the podium in third in a wild-card ride for Robem Engineering Aprilia.
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