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Ryan Blaney’s Run, Toyota’s Strategy, Corey LaJoie’s Crash- Stage 1 Report

After 60 laps of the Daytona 500, Stage One is over. Racing was cautious at first, with Logano coming early with a tire issue and all the Toyotas pitting early with an aggressive strategy. Daniel Suarez made a rookie mistake that set off an embarrassing scene: he missed his pit box, was dinged for speeding in the pit lane, AND faced a tire issue so he had to come BACK around and pit again. Without all six Toyotas drafting themselvees back to the pack,  they almost went a lap down, but were saved by a Yellow flag on lap 30. Corey LaJoie had a scary moment trying to come into the pits, almost hitting Clint Bowyer and veering off into the wall.

After the caution, youngster Ryan Blaney from Wood Brother’s Racing came charging up from a 36th place start to mix it up with Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick for the lead. At the end of Stage One, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney led in that order. Erik Jones and Matt Kenseth took the wave-around to get back on the lead lap.

The first stage points earners were as follows:

Kyle Busch- 10

Kevin Harvick- 9

Ryan Blaney- 8

Brad Keselowski- 7

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.- 6

Kyle Larson- 5

Jamie McMurray- 4

Denny Hamlin- 3

Jimmie Johnson- 2

Danica Patrick- 1




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