2017 Daytona 500 results: Kurt Busch earns first win at The Great American Race.
Kurt Busch is a new 2017 Daytona 500 champion. He was not leading a lap all day, the 38-year-old jumped in front of the pack down the backstretch, getting past Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson, who ran out of fuel.
It was Busch’s 29th career win on the Monster Energy Cup Series. Busch came up just short at Daytona before, tallying five top fives including two second place finishes. But after starting eighth and floating around the field all day, Busch was in contention on the final lap and took full advantage of it.
“The more that becomes unpredictable about Daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictably, I mean this car was completely thrashed, not a straight panel on it,” Busch shared his thoughts after the race. “The strategy today, who knew what, to pit when. Everybody’s wrecking as soon as we’re done with the second segment. The more that I’ve run this race, the more that I’ve thrown caution to the wind and just let it rip. That group put on a fantastic run to the end and everyone did a get job not to wreck each other.”
Busch, who need some assistance down the backstretch to get to the lead, said he couldn’t see anything behind him till the end of the race.
“My rear-view mirror fell off with 30 to go, I was like ‘that’s an omen,’ Busch explained , “because I’m not going to have to look at it anymore. I got to drive defensively and take advantage of other people’s mistakes.”
FINAL TOP 10:
1. Kurt Busch
2. Ryan Blaney
3. AJ Allmendinger
4. Aric Almirola
5. Paul Menard
6. Joey Logano
7. Kasey Kahne
8. Michael Waltrip
9. Matt Dibenedetto
10. Trevor Bayne